Construction begins on 15 I-84 bridges between Glenns Ferry and Wendell

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GLENNS FERRY, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The Idaho Transportation Department started work on 15 bridges in 13 locations along Interstate 84 between Glenns Ferry and Wendell this week.

The $2.1 million dollar project is expected to last through the end of September and focus on maintenance work and resurfacing the bridges.

"These are just some steps to try to maintain our bridges and keep them good and usable for the foreseeable future," said Nathan Jerke, a public information specialist for ITD.

The project was welcome to some people in the area. People like Connie Crawshaw, who has lived in King Hill for more than 30 years.

"I think it's a good thing, the bridges haven't been worked on for a while," Crawshaw said. "I'm glad to see it and I hope other people are, too."

ITD says overpass roadways will be the most impacted. They have set up temporary traffic lights and are warning people to expect minor delays.

As she waited at one of those overpass lights Crawshaw said she wasn't too concerned about the delays.

"We'll deal with it," she said. "With the farm equipment we all pretty much get along and deal with it."

ITD released a complete list of bridges included in the project:
• Paradise Valley interchange (Exit 125)
• King Hill interchange (Exit 129)
• Power Plant Road overpass
• West Bliss interchange (Exit 137)
• Clover Creek Road overpass
• Bliss Union Pacific overpass
• U.S. 26/East Bliss interchange (Exit 141)
• 2100 South Road overpass
• Malad River Bridges
• Tuttle interchange (Exit 147)
• 2800 South Road overpass
• Idaho 46/Wendell interchange (Exit 157)
• Old Malad River Highway Bridge

It is part of a summer of construction over I-84.

"This year will be a very busy year as far as construction projects and maintenance work out on the interstate throughout the Magic Valley all the way from Glenns Ferry over the Mini-Cassia area," Jerke said.

Some of those projects include a concrete grooving project from Glenns Ferry to King Hill, repaving between Wendell and Jerome, two projects in eastern Jerome and the ongoing bridge project east of Rupert.

ITD encourages people to use their 511 system to keep track of these projects on their website or app. They also encourage people to drive safe through the construction.

Cannon Builders Inc., of Blackfoot, is the contractor for the Bridge project that started on Monday.

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