EDDYVILLE— A Salem company has been awarded the low-bid contract to construct the next phase of a project to build a new 5.5 mile section of U.S. 20 near Eddyville.
K & E Excavating, Inc. of Salem bid $13.3 million to construct Phase 2 of the US 20 PME: UPRR to Eddyville project which will replace a ten mile segment of old US 20 that has narrow lanes and hairpin curves, with a 5.5 mile segment that will be straighter, with wide shoulders and miles of passing lanes.
Construction on Phase 2 will get underway in mid-June and will include:
Installation of 6-feet tall, 590 to 850-feet long culverts at four creek locations
Construct horizontal drains to reduce ground water pressure that activates landslide activity
Construct blanket drains to safely carry water to approved drainage locations
Test fill locations for future landslide mitigation. Phase 2 construction is expected to be complete by late fall, 2013.
Later this summer, a contract will be awarded for Phase 2A construction which will realign a sharp curve on the east end of the project where safety concerns have been raised. The project will also update highway striping and signage in an effort to improve safety on the existing U.S. 20.
Additional phases of construction will occur over the next three years.
Phase 3 (2014-2015) will move about 2 million yards of soil and rock to create the new final alignment; place fill over the culvert pipes; and install landslide mitigation
Phase 4 (2016) will include final roadway base construction and paving; a wildlife crossing; landscaping; and any needed final landslide mitigation
Phase 5 (2015) will improve habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife in up to nine areas on and near the project site.
The total estimated cost of the project is $365.7 million.
The entire project is on-schedule to put traffic on the new highway segment in fall of 2016.