Congestion, pavement condition and safety are paramount concerns of commuters who regularly travel Interstate 84 between the Garrity (Nampa) and Meridian interchanges.
Their response to a telephone survey conducted Jan. 17-20 by Elway Research, Inc. will serve as a benchmark by which ITD and motorists will judge the outcome of a $113 million improvement and expansion project for the heavily traveled 6.2-mile corridor.
Contractors began grinding the surface of I-84 west of Meridian this week in preparation for repaving and expanding the interstate to three lanes in both directions.
The I-84 Garrity to Meridian project is expected to be complete in 2011. The project also will build a new interchange at Ten Mile Road and expand and rebuild the Black Cat and Robinson Road overpasses. The project is funded by proceeds from Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle bonds approved by the Idaho Legislature.
The survey of 400 motorists confirmed what transportation planners and engineers already suspected – general dissatisfaction with the condition of the interstate and congested conditions during twice-daily commutes.
Seventy percent of the respondents rated the corridor as “poor.” Only 10 percent of the respondents described the highway as good, and no one rated it excellent. The ratings were consistent across demographic categories, according to the survey.
Of the 400 respondents, only 54 percent indicated they drove the interstate segment during rush hours at least sometimes. Forty-six percent said they rarely or never drive the corridor. Older motorists – at least 65 years of age – were the least likely to travel from Garrity to Meridian.
Other key findings from the survey
report will be carefully reviewed to determine how we can best serve
our customers and communicate with them," said ITD GARVEE Program
Manager Jason Brinkman. "It also helps us improve our efficiency
as we construct this multi-year project."