Early stages of U.S. Highway 93 expansion underway

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JEROME, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Changes to a highway in Jerome is in the works and you can expect more activity over the next few months.

"There will be an effect on traffic once construction gets started," said Nathan Jerke, Idaho Transportation Department Public Information Officer.

U.S. Highway 93 is being reconstructed about a mile north from the Flying J (where the two lane road narrows to one lane) to the 400 South intersection.

"This is going to be a full reconstruction and widening of this mile section of us 93 to include turn bays. There will actually be a small frontage road next to the KOA campground" which will help access facilities on the west side of the highway.

The changes will also extend the two lane section in each direction north of I-84.

New power poles have been installed farther from the roads in advance. The project will be put up for bid before the beginning of the new year.

"Hopefully they [the contractor] can be out here starting construction on the irrigation structures, the crossings that go underneath the highway in late winter--February to early March," said Jerke.

This expansion initially became a safety project because the intersection of 400 South is deemed as a high accident location.

The project will cost an estimated $6-6.5 million.

If all goes as planned, roadway construction will begin in the spring and should be completed by October 2017.

The transportation department also planned future projects on the highway after this part is completed.

"There is plans to reconstruct and widen U.S.-93 for the entire five mile corridor and make improvements but they do come in pieces and parts over the coming years."

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