Workers install the first ever guardrail on Ross Fork Creek Road.
By LORI ANN EDMO
FORT HALL — For the first time ever a guardrail was installed along the hill on Ross Fork Creek Road last week.
Railco, a contractor out of Meridian, was hired to do the project said Brooks Davis, engineer technician of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Transportation. The work had to be scheduled later than when the paving was done because the company’s work is in demand. The guard rail is 457 feet.
“It’s the first rail on Ross Fork Creek to my knowledge,” David said. “There have been accidents on that corner over the last couple of decades which is why we decided to have a rail installed there. The upper turner hasn’t been a problem according to accident records.”
The Ross Fork Creek Road project began in June where three miles of road was paved at the cost of $800,000 of federal highway funds. The paving was completed in August.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic the road striper that the department procured has been delayed so the striping won’t be done until spring Davis said.
He noted there will be a lot of road miles striped once it’s done. “Striping is pretty expensive and if we do just a few of our longer roads the machine will pay for itself – this striper over its life will have a huge return on investment.” As an example, the contract out the Ross Fork Creek Road project along, it would pay one third of the cost of the striper.
Davis said the striping is anticipated to be completed in April 2021.