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Project Log: August 2007

Traffic Sharing State Street with Capitol Contractors

Removing the street stripes The center divider of State Street (north of the Idaho Statehouse) disappears after an ACHD crew burns it from the asphalt surface of the thoroughfare.
Barricades along State Street Less than 24 hours later, crews lay the last few safety barricades that will separate two-way traffic on State Street from a lane of construction vehicle traffic (on the northern flank of the Capitol).
Construction fencing along State Street The final boundary for the Capitol construction fence will allow for two-way traffic on State Street for the duration of the restoration and expansion project. The Capitol restoration team and the ACHD will notify the pubic in advance of any limited disruptions to streets adjacent to the Capitol.
Construction access gate The new access gate at State and 6th Streets is ready for construction traffic.
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Capitol License Plate Program

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2007 $80,710
2006 $65,710
2005 $49,090
2004 $36,570
2003 $29,585
2002 $6,095

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Protecting the Marble

Preparing to cover the marble columns

Two more historic columns (on the right) on the ground floor of the Idaho Statehouse are about to receive a protective covering from custom-built shells (on the left) as Jacobson-Hunt Construction prepares the Capitol for heavy construction to begin.

Marble covered for protection

The Idaho Capitol Rotunda is now completely transformed. The priceless marble floors, Scaglioa, and marble columns are now masked by a protective barrier system designed by Jacobson-Hunt Construction. Workers add the finishing touches under the ambient light peering into the building from the Capitol dome.

Multilayered protection

You can see traces of the protective barrier system layers in a few corners of the first floor. The marble flooring is covered in mylar, blanketed with composite carpet padding, and then slatted with 2x4 lumber and protected from abuse by a final cover of 3/8 inch particle board.

Covering the marble for protection Protecting the marble
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Power Bore

Polyethelyne conduit over 100 feet in length is melded to bores for the underground journey to power transformers across State Street.

The restored and expanded Idaho Capitol will include brand-new 21st century electrical power. “The original Capitol had a transformer in the building's basement (garden level),” said Rich Bauer, project management consultant from Lemley + 3D/I of Boise, Idaho. “Modern buildings have a transformer outside—in this case more than one,” he said.

In the Capitol's case, most of the complexities of converting wholesale electrical power (from Idaho Power Company) from main lines will take place in transformers across the street. The task of safely bringing power that last hundred feet fell to experts from Romar electric of Boise. They designed a system of 31 polymer plastic conduits that journey under State Street (and even the Capitol mall tunnel system) to the Capitol's garden level for distribution throughout the building. Two-thirds of the conduits are four inches in diameter with the remaining ones three inches.

Success! The earth reamer found the destination on the first try!

In a journey Jules Verne would have clamored to join, the initial path for the 150-foot-long tubes was dug by an earth reamer under the guidance of Earth Energy of Boise, Idaho. Once the reamer successfully navigated from a point of departure across State Street, emerging in the exact center of a four-by-four foot hole in the west Capitol grounds, Earth Energy crewman connected conduit for the return trip “pull” back. The process is known as a power “bore.”

The conduit traveling at approximately an inch per second makes its way from the Capitol grounds to the power source across the street.The first 12 conduits are pulled into place. They will harbor live electrical power cabling to the Idaho Capitol.
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