BOISE - The public is invited to an open house in Nampa hosted by the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) on Wednesday (Jan. 6) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hampton Inn, 5750 E. Franklin Road. The event will feature displays of construction plans on a project beginning soon to replace the I-84 Garrity Interchange bridges, as well as provide information about traffic impacts and alternate routes.
Construction at the Garrity Interchange project will begin in early January 2010 and be completed in the summer of 2011. Construction will affect traffic on Garrity Boulevard/Idaho Center Boulevard and Interstate 84 (I-84) near the interchange.
The project will remove two bridges on I-84 at the Garrity Interchange and replace them with a single bridge that will accommodate three lanes in each direction on the interstate. Work also includes reconstructing the interstate about a mile east of the interchange to tie into the ongoing widening of I-84 between the Garrity and Meridian interchanges, and removing the bridge piers in the roadway at Garrity Boulevard.
This project is a part of ITDs plans to improve I-84 between the Franklin and Garrity interchanges in Nampa. The completed improvements will include three lanes in each direction from Franklin to Garrity interchanges, and four lanes in each direction from Garrity to Meridian interchanges.
The work is funded through the GARVEE Transportation Program, which uses Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle (GARVEE) bonds to expedite interstate improvements.
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.