April 29, 2010
Public Information Specialist
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Burley's North Overland reconstruction set to begin Monday
BURLEY - A major reconstruction of Overland Avenue between the Snake River bridge and Interstate 84 is set to begin Monday (May 3), the Idaho Transportation Department announced.
The Overland Avenue reconstruction project, years in planning and development, will eliminate frontage roadways and will feature roadway widening and enhanced turn bays throughout the corridor. When complete, the roadway will include a storm-water collection system, restructured and improved business access, addition of bicycle lanes, and the addition of a signal at Third Street.
"This project is going to have a major impact on businesses and the traffic flow throughout the corridor," said Resident Engineer Kimbol Allen. "Everyone will need to make adjustments to the way they drive and routes to businesses during construction. But when the construction is complete, the road will continue to serve the public's needs for many years."
Many of the ideas to improve Overland Avenue North - which also serves as a portion of the Interstate 84 business loop and Idaho 27 - were incorporated as a result of several meetings between ITD, the city of Burley, and members of the business community throughout the planning and design process.
On Monday, construction crews will begin with excavation and pipe installation in the center median after traffic-control barrels are installed. Traffic will be shifted to the outside lanes during the first phase. Construction will include curb, gutter, sidewalk, center median, and the reconstructed roadway.
Drivers should be prepared for one lane of traffic in each direction, limited left-turn opportunities, shared or changing business access points, and short-term intersection closures. Drivers should look for alternate routes to businesses and be patient when traveling through the construction zone.
Knife River Corporation Northwest, of Boise, is the contractor for the $3.13 million reconstruction. The project is scheduled for completion by mid-October.
ITD and the Idaho State Police caution motorists to slow down and pay attention when driving in work zones, where increased speeding fines and other penalties apply. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and dial 5-1-1 or visit 511.idaho.gov for information on the state highway or interstate system.