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3/14/2011

Contact:
Reed Hollinshead
Public Information Specialist
(208) 334-8881

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ten Mile Road to re-open Wednesday (March 16) between Franklin and Overland in Meridian

MERIDIAN - If weather cooperates, the Idaho Transportation Department will re-open Ten Mile Road between Franklin and Overland roads at noon on Wednesday (March 16). The road crossing over the top of the interchange bridge will re-open, but the interchange ramps will remain closed until the entire project finishes this summer.

ITD closed the road in December 2009 to replace the old overpass with a full interchange. Motorists will be able to travel north and south across Ten Mile Road at 25 mph.


Just one lane will be open in both directions until the interchange is complete.


"The closure reduced the overall construction timeframe by about one year, but we still have work to do," said ITD resident engineer Jeff Morf. "Our priority was to restore traffic on Ten Mile Road as quickly as possible."

 

Morf encouraged motorists to slow down and watch for construction workers and ongoing traffic changes while construction continues.

 

The ITD contractor is finishing the turn lanes, ramp connections, lighting and signage. Meanwhile, the Ada County Highway District is widening the road from the Ridenbaugh Canal to Overland Road.

 

The interchange ramps and outside lanes of Ten Mile Road are closed to traffic. The Ada County Sheriff and Meridian Police will issue tickets to motorists who do not follow construction signage.

 

When complete, the Ten Mile Interchange is expected to reduce traffic at the Meridian and Garrity interchanges. It also accommodates additional interstate lanes, which opened last year. 

 

Idaho Sand & Gravel is the contractor for the $33.8 million project.

 

Updates about the ITD interchange project will be posted to www.itd.idaho.gov/projects/d3. Updates and traffic updates associated with the ACHD widening project will be posted to www.achdidaho.orgunder Projects.

 

Questions? Visit us online at itd.idaho.gov, follow ITD on Twitter (IdahoITD) or Facebook and check travel conditions at 511.idaho.gov or dial 5-1-1. Please slow down in highway construction zones and pay attention. Safety for drivers and workers is our highest priority. 
 
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