Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Summer is road construction season here in Southern Idaho and across the country. The best part about road construction is when it's over, and soon Magic Valley drivers will have plenty of reasons to rejoice.
The members of the Idaho Transportation Department Board are from all over the Gem State. In addition to their annual meeting, the board members get a chance to look at local road projects first hand.
Devin Rigby, ITD District Engineer, says, "The guidance, the projects that are going to get approved, that underlying firsthand knowledge of the statewide system is extremely important as they make those decisions."
During the tour, the ITD Board members get a chance to talk to the people who work on the roads directly. The good news is most of the big construction projects in Magic Valley are almost done.
ITD spokesman Nathan Jerke says, "Interstate 84 at Highway 93 junction north of Twin Falls, we'll see wrap up in October, and traffic on the interstate being able to flow freely again by mid-October."
Eight new miles of Highway 75 north of Shoshone have been finished, and drivers are using that now. But the reconstruction project south of Ketchum will extend into next year. Overall, workers and managers are doing their best to make Southern Idaho roads last a long time.
Rigby says, "Also to exceed and improve the system in how we perform winter maintenance, summer maintenance, our construction projects, our construction program, delivery of the program."
August 15, 2013.