The Idaho Transportation Department is expanding its ability to maintain roads in the more remote portions of the state. Work is nearing completion on a Murphy shed on a 10-acre parcel that ITD recently acquired a few miles east of Murphy. It will improve ITD’s ability to service to area highways.
“We are doing this to make the best use of our resources for winter maintenance,” explained ITD Southwest Idaho Operations Manager Tom Points. “Realigning the Mountain Home and Caldwell maintenance boundaries and building this new shed in Murphy will help ITD provide better snowplow coverage and will increase customer service.”
Maintenance personnel based at the new facility will be responsible for the area between Mountain Home and Caldwell, including parts of Idaho 78, 45, 167 and 51. “The users of these highways will benefit,” explained Points, “along with truckers of oversized loads who often use Highway 78.”
The project began in mid-November 2012. Gafford Construction, of Boise, the same company that completed a new ITD maintenance facility in Emmett a few years ago, is building the $512,000 shed.
The new facility is expected to be finished in June.