Removal Of Eastbound I-84 Bridge Crossing Highway 93 Begins Next Week


By Paul Johnson

Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - The Idaho Transportation Department announced today that the removal of the eastbound I-84 bridge over highway 93 will begin next week. The bridge is being replaced with a higher and longer stricture to accommodate more vehicles and heavier trucks traveling on U.S. 93, according to the I.T.D.
Crews are currently constructing the median crossover ramps for traffic to use during the construction process. This Thursday, eastbound traffic will shift onto the westbound lanes in preparation for bridge removal.
Major portions of the bridge removal will take place at night to reduce the impact on U.S. 93 traffic. Drivers can expect delays and lane restrictions during the nighttime operation.
The new bridge will add a third lane for northbound traffic on U.S. 93, raise the bridge elevation to accommodate larger permitted overlegal loads on U.S. 93, and increase safety on I-84 with wider shoulders and improved guardrail.
Bridge work will include excavating for abutments and center pier, setting girders and placing concrete roadway. The bridge is expected to be complete in September.
When I-84 traffic is shifted onto the westbound lanes, traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction with a 65-mph speed limit. U.S. 93 traffic also will have lane and speed restrictions through the bridge construction zone and will alternate between lanes as necessary.

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