FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Construction work will begin tonight at the intersection of Eagle Road and Chinden Boulevard
MERIDIAN – Crews will be working to reconstruct the intersection of Eagle Road and Chinden Boulevard over the next couple months, starting tonight (Tuesday, Sept. 18). The construction activity is part of the Idaho Transportation Department’s Eagle Road Improvement Project.
The northeast corner right-turn lane on Eagle Road and Chinden Boulevard will be closed by tomorrow, Sept. 19. When construction is complete, free-running right-turns at the northeast and southeast corners of this intersection will be eliminated and raised medians will be added on Chinden Boulevard (east of the intersection) and Eagle Road (south of the intersection). The southeast corner right-turn lane will be closed later this month.
The elimination of free-running rights is a safety measure. Over the past five years there have been 185 crashes at the intersection of Eagle and Chinden. Free-running rights were eliminated at the intersection of Eagle and Fairview in July.
Construction at the intersection of Eagle Road and Chinden Boulevard will also include utility work and repaving the roadway.
Crews will also continue to work on repaving the southbound lanes of Eagle Road from River Valley Street to Chinden Boulevard. Crews will finish paving this southbound section of Eagle Road by Sept. 27.
One southbound lane on Eagle Road from River Valley Street to Hobble Creek (approximate vicinity of Fairview Avenue to Chinden Boulevard) will be closed at night so crews can pave the final layer of asphalt on the roadway. One lane will remain open in each direction between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Click here to view a map.
At nighttime only, access will be limited to neighborhoods and businesses along Eagle Road between River Valley Street and Hobble Creek. There will be approximately 15-minute delays at both the Ustick Road and McMillan Road intersections.
Please use alternate routes to avoid Eagle Road during the nighttime lane closures if you live in the area. Flaggers will direct traffic and help drivers find alternate routes to their homes and businesses.
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 by going to ITD's web page at itd.idaho.gov, clicking on Projects, then Southwest Idaho, then Eagle Road Construction.
When complete, the improvements will preserve the surface of Eagle Road, relieve congestion and improve safety on this important corridor.
Highway construction is one of the key forces pushing Idaho toward continued economic vitality by creating jobs, improving safety and reducing traffic congestion.