Public invited to give input Oct. 15 on plans to redesign the I-84/ID-50 Interchange (Exit 182) near Kimberly

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is planning to rebuild the Interstate 84/Idaho Highway 50 interchange in 2024 and is seeking public input on several design options.

ITD will display five proposed designs, including the no-build option, at a public open house on October 15, 2019, at the Rock Creek Fire Department, 1159 Main St. N. in Kimberly. The meeting will be held in an open house format between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., giving participants an opportunity to attend anytime within the two-hour time frame. Project team members will be available to discuss the project and answer questions about proposed designs.

The interchange is a key agricultural and industrial route for accessing the Magic Valley along ID-50. As the area grows and more commercial and residential development occurs, the interchange will become even more critical to the safe movement of people and goods.

Improvements are needed to maintain safety, improve mobility, and foster continued economic development in the area.

If you have questions or comments about the project but are unable to attend the public meeting please visit https://itdprojects.org/projects/i-84-kimberly-interchange or contact ITD Project Manager Andrew Young at 208-886-7854 or Andrew.Young@itd.idaho.gov.

 

UPDATE: Overnight detour planned for Salt Lake Interchange project east of Burley

Due to inclement weather, the traffic detour planned for Wednesday of this week has been rescheduled for the early morning hours of Thursday, September 12. This detour will affect motorists heading eastbound on Interstate 84 from Burley toward Pocatello. During this time, crews will work to place concrete on the deck of the newly constructed steel girder bridge.

Weather permitting, this temporary traffic pattern is expected to be in effect between the hours of 2 a.m. and 7 a.m.

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

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.

 

Westbound Exit 208 closure expected tomorrow near Burley

Work is expected to occur Thursday, Sept. 5 on the Interstate 84 westbound Exit 208 off-ramp near Burley. The Idaho Transportation Department will mill off the existing pavement and inlay the area with new asphalt to improve the overall condition of the roadway. 

The Exit 208 westbound off-ramp will be closed while this work takes place, so motorists will need to utilize Exit 211 or Exit 216 for access to Burley.

Repairs are anticipated to take place between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and be complete within a day.

 

Repairs to occur next week on I-84 in Jerome County

The Idaho Transportation Department is expected to begin repairs next Wednesday (July 31) on Interstate 84 east of Jerome to improve roadway conditions for motorists. Work will occur between milepost 166 and 174 on both eastbound and westbound lanes. 

While crews are onsite, directional traffic will be reduced to one lane.

Repairs are anticipated to take place between 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Drivers should exercise caution and watch for crews on the following days:

– Wednesday & Thursday (July 31 – August 1)
– Monday & Tuesday (August 5 – August 6)

 

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.

 

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.

District and HQ collaborate to expedite I-84 bridge repair

Earlier last week, crews in District 4 worked with the Headquarters Bridge section to repair damaged bridge joints on Interstate 84 near Glenns Ferry. It was most likely damaged due to the lower position of that joint compared to the rest of bridge deck and the resulting impact and vibration of passing vehicles. You can hear it on this video.

During a routine inspection, HQ Bridge Inspector Toby Griffin found that a portion of the bridge joint was missing, and another section was broken and loose.

“I was in the area doing a routine inspection of railroad structures below when I heard loud clanking sounds coming from the bridge deck above,” said Griffin. “This was not normal, so I investigated further and discovered the broken joint.”

Toby texted a photo of the damage to his supervisor, Dan Gorley, who quickly reached out to D4 Maintenance Coordinator Shawn Webb.

After discussing the situation, it was determined that a lane closure would ensure the safety of motorists driving westbound on the interstate. Despite it being after normal working hours, crews were onsite and implementing traffic control within the hour, while district and headquarter personnel worked into the evening to develop an emergency repair plan.

The following morning, crews were dispatched to the bridge deck to begin work. Repairs included removal of broken bolts, rethreading of damaged base plates, and welding and re-installment of the broken finger joint section.

“This was a great example of ITD personnel working together in an efficient and collaborative effort to ensure successful execution of one of the department’s key mission points – safety,” said Webb. “Four separate crews came together quickly to work as one to find a viable solution that allowed us to reopen the roadway within 24 hours of the initial discovery.”

The Bliss Foreman area crew, the D4 Bridge crew, the D4 Welder/Machinist, and personnel from HQ’s Bridge Inspection crew all participated in repair efforts of the broken bridge joint.

Planning is underway for development of a strategy to address the joints located on the westbound and eastbound bridges at this location. Webb stated that “the goal is to have a more permanent solution regarding this issue in the near future.”

Cloverdale Road Overpass to remain closed for safety of the traveling public

Cloverdale Rd Overpass is closed for repairs following a fiery crash

The Cloverdale Overpass Bridge will remain closed indefinitely following a fiery crash on Interstate 84 late Saturday evening.

The fire significantly damaged a section of the overpass. ITD inspectors have evaluated the damage and determined the bridge is not safe to travel on. The bridge will remain closed until full repairs can be made. ITD has assessed it is safe for traffic travelling underneath the bridge on I-84.

ITD will develop an emergency contract to make repairs as quickly as possible. At this time, the department plans to remove and replace the damaged section. This is expected to take several months to complete. Details on the schedule, cost, and traffic impact of repairs will be shared as they are developed.

Test pile driving rescheduled for July 9-12 on I-84 at Northside Blvd.

Crews drive pylons into the ground for testing

Shoulder restrictions will be in place on Interstate 84 in Nampa at the Northside Boulevard interchange July 9-12. Crews will be driving test piles in the center median as part of early prep work for ITD’s Northside Interchange Replacement Project.

Pile driving will be done during the day; this work is noisy. No lane closures are anticipated, but drivers are urged to slow down and pay attention in the work zone. Crews will set up traffic control and a work zone the night of July 9 and are anticipated to be complete by the end of the week.  Learn more at itd.idaho.gov/84corridor.

This work was originally scheduled to take place June 18-20. It was delayed due to wet ground conditions.