Road Work On The Way


By Joey Martin

Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Starting on Monday, residents who live in the Big Little Ranches Subdivision, off of Golf Course Road, may have to find a new route to get home.

That's because construction is set to get underway on a completely new roadway.

Silver Beach Road is affectionately nicked named Roller Coaster Road by locals.

And for anyone who frequents this roadway, that nickname makes a whole lot of sense.

That's why the Jerome Highway District has decided it is time for a major change.

"We’re going to reconstruct it... we've had some accidents on it, it’s breaking up... it's not a very strong road, and we’re getting more and more traffic on it. We're going to create some cuts and fills on it and smooth it out and straighten it out a little bit," explains Leroy Lewis, Jerome Highway District.

Along with a new roadway, the turn off of Golf Course Road onto Silver Beach will receive a makeover.

"We’re going to be working on a turn lane off of Golf Course Road also, extending the right hand turn in," Lewis says.

Construction on the project is scheduled to last about 60 days.

So if you are one of the 12 hundred cars using this roadway on a daily basis... What's the best way to get home?

"The people that live on this stretch that we are reconstructing, they'll have to go out to the south. We’re drilling and blasting the full width of the right-of-way, so there will be no access going south. So they will have to take the 500 South over to the 100 East and back to Golf Course Road," Lewis explains.

Patti Adam is one of those motorists who use Silver Beach on a daily basis.

How does she feel about the upcoming construction?

"Well, it's going to be inconvenient. However, I am looking forward to a nice new road to drive on everyday... so it won’t be that much to give up for a nice little road," she says.

So once construction is finished, what can motorists expect to see?

"All going to be brand new asphalt... band new base... cut and filled, so it’s going to be smoother and straighter, not so much up and down. It will be an all weather road... so it's going to be a really nice road compared to what they have now," Lewis points out.

So the nickname Roller Coaster Road will be no more, but the shocks on your car will be happy to see it go.

The price tag on the project is at roughly 480 thousand dollars, with that money coming out of the yearly Jerome Highway District budget.

This summer, the highway district will continue their upgrades, as a new turn lane is scheduled to be installed at the Blue Lakes Country Club entrance.

That project is set for August.

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