When ITD designers contemplated a schedule for reconstructing
a half-mile segment of U.S. 12, they figured it would take
about 70 calendar days and wrote the contract accordingly.
Acme Concrete Paving of Spokane said thanks, but well
be in and out in far less time.
About three weeks less.
Only minor, finishing touches remain on the 12-inch thick
concrete roadway that will carry heavy commercial truck traffic,
commuters and visitors into Lewiston from the north. The new
roadway, which includes two traffic lanes in each direction
and a center turn lane, will vastly improve traffic flow on
the much-used route and withstand the heavy loads destined
for Potlatch Forest Industries and agricultural processing
Acme began the project March 22 and committed two 12-hour
shifts, seven days a week to the project. Most of the work
was done during daylight hours weather conditions were
nearly ideal while concrete paving was done at night
to minimize impact on traffic.
The contract included an incentive to finish early
$6,500 per day up to a maximum of 5 percent of the project
bid. Acme will receive the full incentive, $105,000, for its
It is well worth every penny to have it completed early,
said District 2 resident engineer Drew Woods. Acme completed
the project early without compromising quality, and they should
be commended for that.
This is the first timethe district has used the Spokane company
and the first time in several decades that it has built a
concrete road segment. Woods is very pleased with both.
Acme was excellent to work with. They finished early
because of good coordination with ITD, good coordination with
subcontractors and because of their high standards and work
Other companies that contributed to the success included
Atlas Sand and Rock, of Lewiston; M.A. Albright and Sons of
Lewiston (traffic control); Colvico of Spokane (electrical);
and Poe Asphalt of Lewiston (curbs, gutters, sidewalks and