Public invited to view final design for Declo Port of Entry project

The Idaho Transportation Department invites the public to an open house event on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, to review and comment on the proposed final design for the new Declo Port of Entry project.

The open house will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the city council chambers at Burley City Hall, 1401 Overland Ave. in Burley. Those interested in the project may drop in anytime during the meeting to view the proposed final design, project illustrations and related information. Preliminary information on the construction traffic control plan will also be available for review. Representatives from ITD and the Stanley Consultants design team will be on hand to answer questions and gather input.

The purpose of the project is to relocate the Cotterel Port of Entry (POE) to a site that provides a safer traveling experience for all vehicles on the interstate system.  The new location on Interstate 84 (near MP 219, east of Exit 216) will facilitate more efficient trucking operations through advanced technology and will meet current federal compliance standards.

Elements of the new facility will include: new eastbound and westbound on and off ramps, support of utility infrastructure, scales with weigh-in-motion and automated vehicle identification technologies, video equipment, luminaries, signage and operations office buildings.  Construction is scheduled to start in FY 2020.

For more information on the open house and the project, please contact Nathan Jerke, ITD Project Manager at 208-886-7809 or

Replacement of Salmon Falls Creek Bridge on US-30 to begin June 10

Work is expected to begin Monday, June 10 on Salmon Falls Creek Bridge near Banbury Hot Springs in Twin Falls County. During construction, ITD will replace the US-30 bridge structure, rebuild approaches, and replace associated guardrail. Construction on the project is expected to be complete by next spring.

The current bridge has exceeded its life expectancy. The new structure will be both wider and longer – accommodating two 12-foot lanes in each direction. A left-turn lane will also be added as part of this project.

Traffic on this section of US-30 will be reduced to one lane through the work zone with a temporary traffic signal in place. Motorists may encounter minor delays and are cautioned to watch for crews during working hours – Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The general contractor is RSCI from Boise.

Public meeting planned June 6 for US-93, 300 South Rd. project in Jerome

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) will host a public open house for the US-93, 300 South Rd. project Thursday, June 6 at the Idaho Fish and Game, Magic Valley Regional Office, at 324 South 417 East in Jerome.

ITD plans to expand the existing two-lane highway to four lanes with a center median and turn bays. The public is invited to review the proposed improvements and discuss details with the project team. The meeting will be held in an open house format; meaning the public can drop by anytime between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The US-93, 300 South Rd. is the fourth and final segment of overall corridor improvements developed as part of the US-93, I-84 to SH-25 Jerome County Environmental Assessment (EA). The Federal Highway Administration issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), approving the EA in 2007.

If you cannot attend the public meeting on June 6, but would like more information or to comment on the project, please send an email to the ITD Project Manager, Nathan Jerke, at by June 20, 2019.

Additional overnight detour planned for I-84/86 Salt Lake Interchange project east of Burley

Traffic will be detoured Thursday, May 30 for motorists heading eastbound on Interstate 84 from Burley toward Pocatello as crews work to complete girder placement on the newly constructed bridge.

This is part of the Salt Lake Interchange replacement project, underway since May of last year. Construction is scheduled to finish by late 2020.

This temporary traffic pattern is expected to be in effect between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. while the girders are placed.

Drivers should still anticipate reduced speeds through the work zone and pay close attention to signage which will be in place to safely direct motorists through the area.

Wadsworth Brothers Construction, of Draper, Utah is the prime contractor on this project.


Highway sealcoat project to occur near Buhl

Weather permitting, sealcoat work is expected to begin Wednesday, May 29 on Idaho Highway 46 near Buhl (MP 85 – 91). This is the final stage of the US-30 to Ken Curtis Bridge paving project which occurred last year.

Sealcoating is a roadway surface treatment that takes place during the summer months and helps preserve and extend the lifetime of Idaho’s roadways. It also provides a skid-resistant surface for better vehicle traction. The process requires hot temperatures and dry weather for chips to properly adhere to oil that is deposited on the highway.

When the sealcoat is applied, the roadway will be reduced to one lane. Motorists should anticipate short delays and watch for the presence of flaggers or pilot cars.

Chips placed during the sealcoating process have potential to cause windshield damage so drivers are cautioned to slow down and pay attention to reduced speeds and no passing zones throughout the work area. Work is anticipated to be complete within two days.


Construction on US-93 in Lincoln County

Construction is expected to begin the last week of April on a portion of US-93 in Lincoln County. The project will involve the addition of northbound and southbound climbing lanes near Notch Butte, south of Shoshone. Work is expected to be complete this coming fall.

“The addition of climbing lanes will allow drivers to safely pass slower vehicles that may be traveling along the elevated stretch of roadway,” said south-central Idaho project coordinator Kenny Lively. “Overall, this project will help improve safety in the corridor for both commercial and passenger vehicles alike.”

Reduced speeds will be in place throughout the project. Drivers should be aware of crews and equipment present during working hours – Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Western Construction is the general contractor for this project.

Construction on Idaho Highway 50 north of Kimberly to begin next week

Weather permitting, road rehabilitation work is expected to begin next week on Idaho Highway 50 from Red Cap Corner north of Kimberly to Tipperary Road near Exit 182. Work will encompass approximately five miles of roadway including the Hansen Bridge.

Traffic on this section of ID-50 will be reduced to one lane throughout the work zone. Pilot cars and flaggers will be present during working hours which is expected to occur seven days a week, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Motorists should anticipate minor delays and watch for reduced speeds and crew members.

Main construction on the project is expected to be completed in May. Additional sealcoat work is scheduled to occur later in the summer.

The general contractor is Knife River from Boise.

ITD reminds drivers of safety in work zones during construction season

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) reminds motorists to drive carefully through work zones — for their own safety and the safety of construction workers.

ITD has more than a dozen projects planned this year in District Four. Every project is different in terms of road pattern changes and reduced speed limits.

Each year, ITD draws special attention to safe driving in or near work zones during Work Zone Awareness Week, April 8-12.

Replacement of North Side Canal Bridge deck on I-84 to occur in Jerome County

The Idaho Transportation Department will begin work Monday (April 8) on replacement of an eastbound bridge deck spanning the North Side Canal on Interstate 84 south of Hazelton (MP 194).

Eastbound and westbound traffic on this portion of I-84 will be reduced to one lane throughout the work zone. The eastbound interstate on-ramp at Exit 194 will also be closed for the duration of this project.

Drivers should expect reduced speeds throughout the work zone and watch for crews during working hours – Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Work is expected to be completed in June.

The contractor on this project is Knife River of Boise.

Bridge replacements on US-20 in Camas and Blaine counties to begin next week

The Idaho Transportation Department will begin work April 1, 2019 on two bridge construction projects along US-20. The new crossings will be located over Willow Creek in Camas County (MP 164) and Rock Creek in Blaine County (MP 173).

During construction, ITD will remove aging culverts and surrounding earthwork at both locations, and construct new crossings over the waterways.

“Due to age and corrosion of the pipelines, both culverts are in need of replacement,” said ITD Project Manager Brock Dillé. “We analyzed multiple options regarding these crossings before determining that bridge designs would have the best long term value for both Willow Creek and Rock Creek.”

The structure spanning Willow Creek will be a 170-foot steel girder bridge while the structure spanning Rock Creek will be a 159-foot concrete girder bridge. As an added result of the forthcoming bridge structures, ITD will also be able to restore the streams to a more natural condition, which in turn should have a positive effect on the surrounding ecosystem.

Construction on the crossings will occur simultaneously. Each work zone is anticipated to encompass one mile with approximately seven miles between each site.

Click here for a map of the region.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane in the construction zone with width restrictions anticipated. Temporary traffic lights will be in place throughout the duration of the project and reduced speed limits will also be in effect.

ITD and the Idaho State Police advise motorists to slow down and pay attention when driving in work zones, where increased speeding fines and other penalties apply. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and dial 5-1-1 or visit fo r information on the state highway or interstate system.

Work is expected to last through December.

Knife River is the contractor for both projects.