I-84 projects in Jerome County begin            

Drivers can expect drive times along Interstate 84 through eastern Jerome County to be slowed for the remainder of the summer as two projects rehabilitate and extend the life of the driving surface.

For much of the distance between milepost 181 and 201, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction as traffic will shift between each side of the interstate. Work will begin by constructing or repaving the median crossovers at four locations with short lane closures. By mid-July, both projects will restrict traffic to a single lane in each direction.

Drivers can expect reduced speed limits through each construction zone and a 14-foot width limit will be in effect for wide loads.

The first project to reconstruct the eastbound lanes of I-84 from the Idaho 50 interchange (Exit 182) to Valley Road (Exit 188) began June 20. The work includes improving irrigation crossings, improving roadway drainage and rebuilding the on- and off-ramps at both interchanges.

Knife River Corp. Northwest, from Boise, is the contractor for the $10.9 million project. This section of work is expected to be complete by mid-November.

The second project will consist of a full-width paving project on the westbound lanes between the Northside Canal and the Kasota Road interchange (Exit 201). The project began on June 27 with paving of crossovers.

Following the July 4 holiday, crews will mill the top layer of existing road surface to remove the damaged portions and place an asphalt overlay on the seven-mile section. The new surface will be completed with a seal coat before reopening to traffic in early August.

The project also includes paving the westbound ramps at the Kasota Road interchange (Exit 201), replacing guardrail, and delineators.

Idaho Materials and Construction, of Twin Falls, is the contractor for the $4 million project. The eastbound lanes is this portion of I-84 was completed in 2016.

Later this summer, drivers can expect to see two additional projects begin for portions of I-84 in Jerome County.

Beginning about July 31, the first project will extend the area of reconstruction for the eastbound lanes from Valley Road to the Northside Canal near milepost 195. This project is not yet under contract, but is also expected to be complete this year.

The final project to begin will be a resurfacing of I-84 in both directions between Wendell and Jerome. Work on this stretch is expected to begin in mid-August and also be complete this year.

Published 06-30-17