Sealcoating to begin next week in Lincoln, Jerome, Twin Falls and Gooding counties

Image of sign in truck with cones in a work zone

Weather permitting, on Monday (June 27) the Idaho Transportation Department will begin sealcoating multiple portions of roadway throughout the region to preserve the pavement.

“Throughout the next month, we will sealcoat approximately 82 miles of highway,” said ITD Engineering Manager Travis Hitchcock. “The sealcoat will both protect the surface of the roadway and provide better traction for drivers.”

Work will occur on five highways in the South-central Idaho region:

  • State Highway 24 (milepost 32 – 68)
    • State Highway 25 (milepost 5 – 18)
    • State Highway 46 (milepost 111 – 130)
    • State Highway 50 (milepost 5 – 8)
    • U.S. Highway 26 (milepost 139 – 150)

While work is underway, roadways will be reduced to a single lane. Both lanes will be open to traffic outside of working hours.

Motorists should anticipate short delays and watch for the presence of flaggers and pilot cars during the day.

Sealcoating is a surface treatment that takes place during the summer months and involves applying a layer of oil and rock chips to the roadway. The process requires hot temperatures and dry weather for chips to properly adhere to the oil.

Chips placed during sealcoats have the 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.

Geneva Rock Products Inc. is the primary contractor on this project which is expected to be complete by the end of July.

Temporary daytime lane reductions on US-93 (Blue Lakes) in Twin Falls, expect delays

Photo of Blue Lakes and Fillmore Intersection in Twin Falls

Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead for temporary daytime lane reductions on Blue Lakes Boulevard this week as part of the continuing pavement rehabilitation project in Twin Falls.

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and its contractor, Idaho Materials & Construction, will be working 24 hour shifts to safely reopen all lanes of traffic from the Perrine Bridge to Pole Line Road. Unforeseen issues with stormwater drainage in the construction zone are requiring temporary daytime closures.

“Safety is our top priority, and ITD is working closely with IMC to reopen lanes during the day, and continue work during overnight hours as planned,” said ITD Resident Engineer Seth Helms. “ITD appreciates commuters for their patience during this important work.”

For the latest traffic updates, please visit 511.idaho.gov or call 511.

To learn more about this project and sign up for construction updates, please visit itdprojects.org/us-93improvements.

Work begins later this month on SH-21 in Custer County

Image of culvert at SH-21 and Elk Creek west of Stanley

Construction is expected to begin June 27 on State Highway 21 northwest of Stanley. In the coming weeks, crews will replace an old culvert at Elk Creek (milepost 123.06) with a new bridge.

“The current culvert was placed in 1966 and has exceeded its life expectancy,” ITD Designer Andrew Young said. “The new structure will be both wider and longer and will serve motorists for decades to come.”

The new bridge also aims to improve fish habitat in the area.

“When we build the new structure, we will be providing a better natural channel that will be more favorable to fish,” stated Young. “We will also have temporary fish passage in place during construction.”

While construction is underway, traffic will be reduced to a single lane. Temporary traffic signals will be in place to direct motorists through the work zone. Drivers should anticipate delays up to 15 minutes when traveling through the area.

Braun Jensen is the primary contractor on this project that is expected to be complete this fall.

ITD to share plans tomorrow to widen I-84 between South Jerome and Twin Falls interchanges

View of Interstate 84 near Jerome, Idaho.

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is holding an in-person meeting tomorrow (June 14) to share plans for widening Interstate 84 from the South Jerome Interchange to the Twin Falls Interchange. The meeting will be held at Con Paulos Chevrolet in Jerome from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held in open-house format and provide members of the public an opportunity to review design plans and provide input. If individuals are unable to participate at the in-person meeting, a self-guided online meeting option will be available from June 14 until June 28 at itdprojects.org/84jerometotwin.

The interstate serves as a major corridor through South-central Idaho and beyond, with traffic counts expected to double over the next 20 years. The purpose of this project is to increase capacity and improve safety. Once funding has been confirmed, construction may start as early as 2023.

“Widening this section of I-84 will allow us to proactively address capacity and safety needs between Jerome and Twin Falls,” said ITD Engineering Manager Crystal Craig. “We are advancing this project to construction as soon as possible and plan to keep the public involved through each phase.”

This design project is funded with Transportation Expansion and Congestion Mitigation (TECM) funds as part of Governor Little’s “Leading Idaho” initiative. The program allows ITD to accelerate project timelines to address rapid growth and build critical infrastructure today that would otherwise take many years to fund and build. Construction funding will be identified at the time that the project is ready to advertise for construction bids.

For more information on the project or to request updates, visit the project website at itdprojects.org/84jerometotwin or text 84JTF to 866-483-8422.

Construction begins next week on SH-27 near Burley

Image of SH-27 north of Burley

Work on State Highway 27 is expected to begin Monday (June 13). Construction will restore the highway from the north end of Burley to Interstate 84 (milepost 22.7 – 24.1) and improve the functionality of the roadway.

“This summer, crews will reconstruct portions of the highway and resurface SH-27 throughout the project limits,” ITD Project Manager Brock Dillé said.

Work is expected to occur Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. While construction is underway, lane reductions will be in place with signs and flaggers present to direct motorists. On- and off-ramps will temporarily close at Exit 208.

“Motorists are advised to utilize Exit 201 or Exit 211 for access to Burley during ramp closures,” stated Dillé. “No more than two ramps will be closed at the same time, and closures will not exceed eight days.”

Signs will be in place on SH-27 and I-84 to notify motorists during closures. Drivers should plan extra time when traveling through the area.

“This will be the first of several upcoming projects we have planned for the region over the coming years,” explained Dillé. “This project, along with future projects in the area, will increase mobility and improve the highway for users.”

Idaho Materials and Construction is the prime contractor on this project that is expected to be complete in August.

As part of Governor Brad Little’s “Leading Idaho” initiative, the 2021 Idaho Legislature dedicated $126 million of one-time funds from Idaho’s budget surplus to transportation projects statewide. The funds were split 60/40 between ITD and local jurisdictions. Construction on this project is paid for with ITD’s portion of the funds that will accelerate projects to replace bridges, restore pavements, and improve mobility in communities across Idaho.

US-30 project to begin next week on Heyburn Bridge

Image of Heyburn Bridge on US-30

Work is expected to begin Monday (June 13) on the U.S. Highway 30 Heyburn Bridge over the Snake River. In the coming weeks, crews will apply a sealing treatment to the driving surface to extend the life of the bridge.

“Besides protecting the surface from water and other elements, bridge joints that allow the bridge to expand and contract with the weather will also be replaced as part of this project,” ITD Project Manager Bruce Christensen said.

Construction is expected to occur Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Occasional work may occur on Saturdays as needed.

While work is underway, lane restrictions will be in place. Adjustments to the traffic signal on the north side of the bridge may also be needed during construction.

“We will work with our contractor to make adjustments to our work schedule and traffic control as necessary,” Christensen stated.

Motorists are advised to slow down, watch for signs and use caution when traveling through the area. Drivers should plan ahead and expect delays.

Cannon Builders is the prime contractor on this project that is expected to be complete this summer.

Pavement resurfacing to begin next week on US-93 in Twin Falls

Photo of Blue Lakes and Fillmore Intersection in Twin Falls

Pavement resurfacing on U.S. Highway 93 (Blue Lakes Boulevard) from the Perrine Bridge to Pole Line Road in Twin Falls is scheduled to begin the week of June 6.

The project includes resurfacing and reconstructing pavement, upgrading pedestrian ramps to Americans with Disabilities Act standards, and replacing the traffic signal at the intersection of Blue Lakes Boulevard and Fillmore Street/Bridgeview Boulevard.

Until construction is complete in mid-summer, the following impacts can be expected:

  • Work will occur overnight from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. to reduce impacts and congestion during commute hours for residents, businesses, and motorists.
  • During night work, lane reductions will be in place. All lanes will be open during daytime hours.
  • Business access will be maintained but may be briefly limited when equipment moves in front of an intersection or driveway.
  • Construction will be noisy due to operating equipment and back-up alarms.

To learn more about the project and sign up for construction updates, please visit itdprojects.org/us-93improvements.

As part of Governor Brad Little’s “Leading Idaho” initiative, the 2021 Idaho Legislature dedicated $126 million of one-time funds from Idaho’s budget surplus to transportation projects statewide. The funds were split 60/40 between ITD and local jurisdictions. Construction on this project is paid for with ITD’s portion of the funds that will accelerate projects to replace bridges, restore pavements, and improve mobility in communities across Idaho.

 

 

 

Restrictions in place next week for inspection of Hansen Bridge on SH-50

Image of under bridge inspection truck (UBIT) Kenny

On Wednesday (June 1) drivers can expect a lane restriction and delays on State Highway 50 across the Hansen Bridge as the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) performs a routine inspection of the structure.

Weather permitting, the inspection is expected to last one day and will include examination of the girders as well as the top and underside of the bridge deck.

“Our crew will be using an under bridge inspection truck, or UBIT, to look at the structure,” ITD inspector Toby Griffin stated. “If high wind conditions occur during our planned inspection date, it will require us to reschedule for another day.”

Crews are expected to begin at 8 a.m. and move from the south end of the structure to the north. While the UBIT is deployed, traffic will be reduced to a single lane. Drivers should watch for flaggers and expect minor delays of up to 10 minutes. There will also be a 12-foot width restriction in effect during work hours.

“The Hansen Bridge is a vital structure in the region and serves as an important connector for motorists each day,” Griffin said. “Inspections and routine maintenance projects play an important role in ensuring the longevity of our bridges throughout the state.”

Motorists are urged to use caution when crossing the bridge and to watch for crew members and equipment. ITD appreciates the patience and cooperation of those driving through the work zone.

Aerial survey to begin this week near Twin Falls

Image of aerial survey target

The Idaho Transportation Department will begin aerial surveys this week north of Twin Falls. The surveys are preliminary work related to an upcoming study that will look further into the feasibility of a potential future Snake River crossing in the region.

Surveyors will work at several locations in the area.

Part of the work will require crews to paint ground targets on city streets. The targets will serve as reference points and provide an elevation and location to compare with all gathered survey points.

“Targets will be placed on Bridgeview Boulevard near Sportsman’s Warehouse, Cheney Drive near WinCo, and Candleridge Drive east of Eastland Drive,” explained ITD Project Manager Nathan Jerke. “The paint will not conflict with any other roadway striping and will wear off the road surface over time.”

Short-term lane closures will be in place while crews place the targets on the roadway and complete other minor tasks. No major traffic impacts are anticipated.

Weather permitting, survey work is expected to be complete within two weeks.

Bridge replacement underway on State Highway 46 in Gooding County

Map of Big Wood River Detour on SH-46

Work began earlier this week to replace the bridge over Big Wood River at milepost 112.9 on State Highway 46 north of Gooding. Built in 1947, the current structure has reached the end of its service life.

“We will raise the height of the new bridge approximately 3.5 feet,” ITD Project Manager Tom Logan said. “The additional height will allow for more flood water to pass underneath the structure.”

The new bridge will also be both wider and longer to increase mobility and safety.

Initial work will first include setup of traffic control and then demolition of a portion of the old bridge. While work is underway, traffic will be reduced to a single lane. Temporary traffic signals will be in place to direct motorists throughout the duration of the project.

“Drivers can anticipate wait times between two and five minutes when traveling through the area,” Logan stated. “Lane width will also be restricted to 12 foot during construction, and we advise motorists to plan ahead and use caution while traveling through the work zone.”

Short-term closures of SH-46 will also be required for different portions of the project to allow for crews to safely complete various stages of work. When these closures occur, signs will be in place to direct motorists through a detour route. Approximately four closures are anticipated throughout construction.

Cannon Builders of Idaho are the primary contractor on this replacement project that is expected to be complete this fall.