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11/15/2012

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ITD begins construction at intersection of Idaho 44 and Linder Road

EAGLE - To serve the tens of thousands of drivers currently using the highway, and a significant increase expected in coming decades, the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) has begun construction at the intersection of Idaho 44 and Linder Road in Eagle.

ITD is making improvements to enhance safety and provide a smoother, more efficient flow of traffic.  Construction is expected to be completed by fall 2013.

Each day, 19,000 motorists drive through the Idaho 44/Linder Road intersection. ITD expects this will increase to 30,000 by 2030. To accommodate the anticipated increase in traffic, the Idaho 44/Linder Road intersection is being widened.

In addition, Idaho 44 will be widened to five lanes from W. State Street to just west of Linder Road. When complete, the intersection will have two through lanes in each direction on Idaho 44, double left-turn bays on Linder Road and right-turn lanes at all four sides of the intersection.

Between November and January 2013, crews will prepare the construction zone, widen the bridge over the Middleton Mill Canal at Linder Road, and build temporary lanes on the south side of Idaho 44 to redirect traffic during construction. In January 2013, work will begin on rebuilding the Idaho 44/Linder Road intersection and widening Idaho 44 to five lanes.

ITD asks motorists to please slow down and pay attention in the construction zone. Motorists can expect delays during construction, so plan extra time for trips and, if possible, find an alternate route. During major construction activities, the speed limit will be lowered to 45 mph in the work zone.

This project will be the first time the design-build method is used in Idaho. Design-build is a streamlined process in which the design team and construction team work together simultaneously. ITD typically uses a method of design, bid, then build, which requires different groups to be involved in each step. The design-build method combines the design and construction, which allows for innovative methods of construction and results in quicker project completion.

In August, Central Paving Inc. and Horrocks Engineers were selected as the design-build team for this $9.23 million project.

For more information about this project visit www.itd.idaho.gov and click on Projects at the top of the screen. On the Projects page, click on Southwest Idaho on the right-side menu, then scroll down to the header “Projects Under Construction/Beginning Soon” and click on State & Linder Design-Build.

To receive construction updates, sent your email address to comments@itd.idaho.gov.

Highway construction is one of the key forces pushing Idaho toward continued economic vitality by creating jobs, improving safety and reducing traffic congestion.

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