I-84 road work continues, slows traffic

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(KMVT/KSVT) - The summer means more road work, but also more headaches for travelers like Shantell Bullock enroute to Nevada from Rexburg.

"It's just frustrating when it's one lane and you can't pass," expressed Bullock. "This has added a good hour on to my trip. It's definitely slower than what I'm used to."

Early on, ITD noticed traffic accidents on the rise in construction zones on Interstate 84, leading them to reduce the speed limit.

"Everybody is always in a hurry and wanting to get there fast. It's just pretty difficult to stay safe," said Lynne Warren, a Declo resident.

Through 40 miles of road on the interstate, 28 miles of it is under construction.

"Couple of these projects were advanced from next year into this year’s program because there was some gaps due to increase funding that the legislature provided to ITD a couple years ago due to gas tax," explained Nathan Jerke with the Idaho Transportation Department. "Also, there were some other projects in other parts of the state that were not delivered this year, so there was addition funding that needed to be used up this year."

Of more than $30 million worth of road work along the interstate, the biggest project located between State Highway 50 and the Northside Canal is worth $22 million.

"It's 12 miles of complete reconstruction all the way down to the road base," said Jerke.

For this section of the road closure, ITD grouped six projects in one to save time and money.

"We are getting a single contractor out here to do the project and they can preserve a lot of time and money by doing it now. As opposed to building crossovers for every one of these projects, we’re building one crossover," he added.

ITD anticipates this particular project to be completed by mid-November. Once completed, it will last the next 20-30 years.

Other sections being worked on is the portion from the Northside Canal to Kasota Road, which should be done in the next couple weeks and a section from Wendell to Jerome, which is planned for completion late October.

Jerke told KMVT they've received feedback from the community and act on those they can act on, but there's only so much they can do when they undergo a complete rebuild on half of the interstate.

When you're traveling, patience is key.

"Drive defensively, give yourself plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front of you, make sure you are doing what you can to drive safely on the roadway," recommended Jerke.

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