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Road Construction At Interstate 84, Highway 93 Nears Completion

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By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) What are they doing with all that road construction north of Twin Falls? The Idaho Transportation Department is planning way ahead, 20 to 30 years into the future.

Nathan Jerke, Idaho Transportation Department Spokesman, says, "If we wanted to create cloverleafs in the future, we now have the room to do so. By pushing out the ramps as far away as we did, there is adequate room to build 55 mile an hour loops in the other three corners that don't already have a loop."

Workers raised the height of the eastbound replacement bridge, which meant they had to replace a mile of Interstate 84 east and west of that overpass. In the short run, these changes won't alter this driver's habits.

Local driver Chad Debie says, "I haven't noticed that it's going to make much of a difference in my life. It doesn't seem like it will be a whole lot better, not until we get a lot more traffic in the area."

The project has been planned for more than ten years, but the money to do it wasn't available until just recently. Right now, workers need to finish up the roadbed of the eastbound lanes of I-84 at this intersection.

Jerke says, "They'll have the bridge completed by the end of September. By the time they complete the guard rails, striping, the rumble strips, everything associated, we're looking at about mid-October for the complete opening up of I-84 back onto the eastbound roadway."

Even so, some drivers can't wait to get those road conditions back to normal.

ITD officials explain when more businesses start building near I-84 and Highway 93, it will trigger more improvements to those roads.

September 3, 2013.


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