Area Near Perrine Bridge Area Closing For Roadway Construction Starting Monday


By Paul Johnson

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) – A portion of the desert north of the Perrine Bridge, popular with off-road recreationalists, will be closed to the public as surface-mining activities start in conjunction with the Interstate 84/U.S. 93 junction project, the Idaho Transportation Department announced.
The area north of Golf Course Road, within about a half-mile east of U.S. 93, will be impacted by the closure and mining beginning Monday April 29. Recreational users are advised to stay out of the source area to avoid injury.
The mining work is part of Stage Two of the I-84/U.S. 93 reconstruction. The project will replace the eastbound I-84 overpass at the 173 interchange, realign the eastbound on- and off-ramps, and install a relocated traffic signal at the south end of the junction.
Crews are currently constructing the realigned ramps. Signal installation and bridge work is expected to begin in May. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of October.
The area west of U.S. 93 and north of Golf Course Road also is being closed to recreationalists for surface mining beginning in the near future. The material cleared from the surface of the ground will be used as borrow material to raise the elevation of the new roadway alignments.
The areas have been used for gravel and borrow in the past, and ITD has retained mineral rights for both sites. The contractor will not blast for rock but will remove available soil and rock from the surface.
The work also will impact traffic on U.S. 93 as trucks enter and exit the highway from a temporary-access road north of Golf Course Road and travel to the project area near the junction. Drivers are asked to use caution and watch for construction vehicles moving between the mining and construction areas.

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