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ODOT Awards Knife River Companies $33.8M Project

Knife River Corporation’s Central Oregon and Southern Idaho Divisions recently teamed up to win the bid on an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) project worth $33.8 million.

The Interstate 84 Pleasant Valley-Durbin Creek Road Section Project is two projects combined into one. The first project, I-84 Pleasant Valley-Durkee Section, is a reconstruction of approximately 10 mi. (16 m) of I-84. The second project, I-84 Burnt River Freight Improvement Section, is approximately 20 mi. (32 km) and consists of two large curve corrections.

The curves will be control blasted and excavated and hauled to designated dump sites.

New sections of road, storm drainage and a concrete barrier will be built to lessen curvature of the road. The remainder of the project includes installation of 10,000 linear ft. (305 m) of electrical trenching, variable message signs, weather information and traffic stations, and a large sign bridge. Work on the project is anticipated to begin March 1, and is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 1, 2010.

“This is a great way to start 2008,” said Mike Hutchens, construction division co-manager of Knife River. “As we begin this long-term project, we will focus on safety for both the motoring public and our employees and we will manage the work with concern and consideration to the flow of traffic in the construction areas.”

Knife River Corporation mines aggregates and markets crushed stone, sand, gravel and related construction materials, including ready-mixed concrete, cement, asphalt, liquid asphalt and other value-added products. It also performs integrated construction services. Knife River operates in the central, southern and western United States and Alaska and Hawaii.

For more information, visit www.kniferiver.com.