JEROME, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Cones navigate traffic on U.S. Highway 93 just north of Interstate 84 as crews work on a long awaited project.
"What they're completing this fall is getting in place all the irrigation structures," explained Nathan Jerke with the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD).
Since such structures lie under 400 South, the road will remain closed over the next six to eight weeks.
"Part of the roadway to the west of U.S. 93 is actually going to lower in elevation so they're removing that roadway, putting in the irrigation line and will be rebuilding that to a new elevation over the next six to eight weeks," Jerke continued.
Since the intersection of 400 South is prone to accidents, ITD decided to widen the road to increase safety.
This will include "two lanes of travel in each direction along with left and right turn bays at 400 South, as well as a frontage road that will access some of the businesses on the west side of the highway."
They anticipate construction to begin on the new lanes next spring, but if crews can get the pavement down this fall, you may see a shift in traffic before the new year. The lane shift could also mean a reduced speed limit.
"They’ll probably have to drop it down to as low as 35 (mph) just depending on what the traffic control dictates or whatever the needs of the construction are," he added. "This is just the latest of a series of projects that will take place over the next decade, really, that we’ll continue to roll out pretty much one mile at a time."