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5/18/2012

Contact:
Bruce King
Public Information Specialist
(208) 745-5611

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Replacement of overpass on Pancheri Drive south of Idaho Falls starts Monday (May 21)

RIGBY - Replacement of the Pancheri Drive overpass south of Idaho Falls will begin Monday (May 21), the Idaho Transportation Department announced. The bulk of the project is scheduled for completion in November.

Travel on Pancheri Drive will be maintained at one lane in each direction. No initial impacts to Interstate 15 are expected. As construction advances, the public will be notified of anticipated changes to traffic flow on I-15. Construction will take place seven days a week.

During construction, motorists should anticipate merging traffic, watch for construction workers and equipment, and obey all traffic signs.

Construction will close Pioneer Road at its intersection with Pancheri Drive, with Pioneer Road accessible only from Sunnyside Road. Crews will maintain access to all businesses and residences throughout the project.

Built in 1962, the two-lane bridge on I-15 will be replaced by a wider structure, with two lanes of traffic and a bike/pedestrian path in each direction.

The new overpass will be constructed just south of the existing one, after which the old bridge will be removed. Placement of girders on the new structure and removal of the old overpass may necessitate intermittent closures of I-15 at night.

The project will include building a new five-lane roadway on each side of the new overpass between Blue Sky Drive and a point near Utah Avenue, a distance of just under a mile.

Crews also will install water and sewer lines, a lift station, stormwater treatment and control systems, light poles, a traffic signal, and curb, gutter and sidewalk. Idaho Falls eventually plans to realign water lines at the west end of the reconstruction.

Expansions and upgrades will improve traffic safety and flow, reducing congestion on Pancheri Drive. Reconstruction will begin at Blue Sky Drive. The job will include reconstructing 600-700 feet of Skyline Drive. Bridge installation and approach reconstruction are scheduled for completion by year end, with seal coating planned in 2013.

The transportation department awarded HK Contractors Inc., of Idaho Falls, the $9 million contract. If you have questions, contact the department at (208) 745-7781.

Participating in the federally funded project are the transportation department, Bonneville Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMPO), Bonneville County and city of Idaho Falls. The project is part of a plan by BMPO, Bonneville County and Idaho Falls to upgrade the Pancheri corridor between Yellowstone Highway and Bellin Road in Idaho Falls.

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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