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6/7/2012

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ITD to begin construction of Eagle Road improvements

MERIDIAN – On Sunday night (June 10), the Idaho Transportation Department will begin construction of improvements to Eagle Road. When complete, the improvements will preserve the surface of the highway, relieve congestion and improve safety on this important corridor.

The section of Eagle Road from Fairview Avenue in Meridian to State Street in Eagle will be resurfaced and six-inch-tall concrete medians will be installed from Franklin Road to Oakhampton Drive, just north of Chinden Boulevard. Raised medians will also be added east on Chinden at the intersection with Eagle Road to the Target entrance.

Click here for a construction postcard, including a map of the construction locations. Click here for a picture of Eagle Road traffic south of Franklin. The medians will be raised, like those pictured, but not ornamental. Click here for a fact sheet on Phase 1 of the project.

Eagle Road will remain open at all times during construction. Construction will occur overnight, with lanes restricted from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. At least one lane in each direction will remain open during the overnight work. No lane closures or restrictions will occur during daytime hours, between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Access to businesses and residences will remain open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Access may be temporarily restricted during nighttime repaving operations.

The speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph in the construction zone.

The construction is scheduled in three phases.

  • Phase 1: June 11 to mid-July, continuous raised medians will be constructed from Franklin Road to River Valley Street. Fairview Avenue to River Valley Street will be repaved.
  • Phase 2: Mid-July to late September, continuous raised medians will be constructed from River Valley Street to Oakhampton Drive and the roadway will be repaved.
  • Phase 3: Late September to mid-November, continuous raised medians will be constructed from Oakhampton Drive and Idaho 44 and the roadway will be repaved

To reduce traffic interference, crews will complete each phase before moving onto the next phase.

“Scheduling the construction in three separate phases will help minimize impacts to all those that travel Eagle Road, as well as the surrounding residents and businesses,” said ITD’s Daris Bruce, District 3 resident engineer. “Conducting construction during nighttime hours will also reduce traffic impacts and enhance the safety of construction crews.”

ITD asks travelers to please plan ahead during construction, pay attention in construction zones and be aware of the safety of construction workers.

In April, Idaho Sand & Gravel Co., of Nampa, was selected as the construction contractor of the project with a bid of $4.7 million.

For more information about the project, please check the Eagle Road Improvement Project page on ITD’s project website at: http://itd.idaho.gov/projects/D3/eagle-road-improvemen

 

NOTE: Media representatives are invited to tour the Eagle Road project area, learn more about raised medians and upcoming construction impacts on Monday (June 11) between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. ITD staff will be on hand at the Eagle Road and River Valley Street junction to answer questions about the traffic impacts and provide information packets. Please call Reed Hollinshead (334-8881) to reserve a time slot and get directions into the area reserved for media.

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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