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8/12/2013

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Improvement project at State and Linder on track to finish by October

BOISE - Improvements to the intersection of Idaho 44 (State Street) at Linder and Ballantyne are progressing according to the original project schedule, are within budget and remain on pace to finish by October, the Idaho Transportation Department announced.

The present traffic pattern will remain in place through the end of August. When that phase is complete, the contractor will add a final layer of asphalt in September.

As part of the corridor reconstruction, crews are working on highway shoulders, driveway accesses, and reconstructing the south side of Park Lane, the south side of Idaho 44 and west side of Linder. The new Idaho 44/Linder Road intersection and expanded highway will enhance traffic flow, reduce congestion, add vehicle capacity and improve safety.

The reconstructed 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 corners of the intersection. In addition, Idaho 44 will be widened to five lanes from W. State Street to just west of Linder Road.

Approximately 19,000 vehicles per day now use the intersection. That number is expected to reach 30,000 per day by 2030.

Design and construction of the project costs $9.2 million. Central Paving Inc., of Boise, and Horrocks Engineers, of Nampa, are collaborating on Idaho's first design-build project. Under design-build, a single team is responsible for the project from start to finish.

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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