I-15 road construction near exit 80.
POCATELLO —The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) began work April 17 on the first of 10 projects scheduled this year for Interstate 15 in eastern Idaho.
The project includes resurfacing six miles of I-15 between the Fort Hall Reservation Boundary at milepost 76 and Burns Road in Blackfoot.
ITD also will upgrade guardrails and improve clearance below the bridge structures at the Railroad Overpass, Fort Hall Interchange and Sheepskin Road.
In the Fort Hall to Burns project area, crews will build and pave crossovers in the I-15 median over the next three weeks. In early May, motorists will cross over to the southbound lanes of I-15 while crews repave the northbound lanes. Construction will move to the southbound lanes after Memorial Day.
During construction, I-15 will be reduced to one lane in each direction in the project area.
For a map and more details, download the Fort Hall to Burns fact sheet or I-15 construction poster. Click here to view an I-15 project video.
“We are encouraging motorists to plan extra time to reach their destinations during construction on I-15. Please pay attention to signage and new traffic patterns, and remember that the speed limit will be reduced,” said ITD District 5 Engineering Manager Dan Harelson.
The next two I-15 construction projects will begin in mid-May. ITD will repair six bridges in Pocatello and reconstruct I-15 between the Lava Beds rest area and Bonneville County Line. By the summer of 2017, multiple work zones will be in place within the 190 miles of I-15 between the Utah and Montana borders.
ITD plans to invest $95 million into I-15 improvements in 2017 and 2018, and construction is expected to continue for the next several years. The improvements include resurfacing 44 miles of pavement, fixing deteriorating concrete and guardrails on bridges, improving bridge clearance and replacing sign structures.
To sign up for email notices about construction on I-15, text INTERSTATE15 to 22828. Details also will be posted to www.itd.idaho.gov/I-15construction.
Knife River Construction, of Boise, is the contractor for the Fort Hall to Burns Road project.