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GOODING — Work to replace four canal bridges over the South Gooding Main Canal on U.S. 26 west of Gooding will begin just after the New Year.

All four bridges between mileposts 146 and 150 will be replaced simultaneously to minimize impact to traffic, Idaho Department of Transportation said in a statement. The bridges are 50 years old or older.

The bridge replacements will provide increased canal capacity by installing concrete box culverts, said canal manager Lynn Harmon.

Construction will take place during the winter to avoid interfering with the irrigation system.

Work is expected to finish by mid-April.

“We really want to make this as easy as possible for everyone using the roadway,” ITD engineer Bryan Young said in the statement. “We are applying all of our best practices to get this project done on time while still maintaining mobility on U.S. 26.”

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  • Traffic will reduce to one lane with temporary traffic signals directing traffic
  • Lanes reduced to 11-foot openings
  • Speed reducted to 35 mph through construction zones
  • Expect delays and shoulders will be closed

The Idaho Department of Transportation, Wadsworth Brothers Construction and Wilson & Co. will use a design-build process to reduce construction time. The $24.1 million project is part of a larger project that includes 17 bridges throughout eastern Idaho, ITD said.

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