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Southern Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Get ready for road work in southern Idaho. Roadway construction is set to begin in the coming weeks.
Many sections of the state highway system will once again see orange barrels, flaggers and work crews.
"We are on the verge of construction season. Our first project is kicking off this week down over in Hagerman. It's kicking off and you'll see a lot more things over the next few weeks," explains Nathan Jerke, Idaho Transportation Department.
The majority of the maintenance projects will consist of pavement overlays and will include two areas of I-84 in eastern Cassia County, U.S. 26 between Bliss and the Malad River.
In addition, U.S. 30 between Buhl and Filer and through the city of Hansen, and Idaho 24 south of Rupert will see a makeover.
"What we are seeing on a lot of our bridges is many of them are pushing that 50-year stage. Most of the bridges are designed for a 50-year lifecycle and with maintenance, we can extend that life much more than 50-years to 80 or 100-years,” Jerke says.
Although the total number of projects in southern Idaho is reduced from recent years, one theme will remain consistent throughout 2014 - bridge and roadway maintenance.
"Most of them are shorter duration projects; you will see delays. The bridges will be reduced to one lane and you will see five to ten minute delays on most of the bridges and roadways," Jerke explains.
Delays that drivers will see to improve Idaho highways.
2014 PROJECT LOCATIONS (*Currently under construction)
I-84 Interchange 245 to Sweetzer Interchange, Cassia County
Interchange 228 to Interchange 245 westbound, Cassia County
I-86 Salt Lake Interchange to Raft River sealcoat, Cassia County
U.S. 26 Bliss to Malad River, Gooding County
Jct. Idaho 46 traffic signal, Gooding, Gooding County
U.S. 30 Buhl to Filer, Twin Falls County
Fourth Street to 3850 East, Hansen, Twin Falls County
Idaho 24 South of Rupert, Minidoka County
Idaho 50 Intersection 3800 East Road, Twin Falls County
*Idaho 75 Timber Way to Big Wood River Bridge, Blaine County