The Idaho Transportation Department has started construction rebuilding the Idaho 44 (State Street) and Linder Road intersection and widening Idaho 44 to five lanes between Linder and Ballantyne Lane. Construction is expected to be completed by fall.
On Thursday morning, crews temporarily shifted the Idaho 44 westbound traffic lane between Park Lane and Shady Acres Gas Station. The new traffic pattern will remain in effect through the spring while crews extend the bridge over the Middleton Mill Canal.
On Friday after the morning commute, ITD will permanently close the free-running right-turn lane from Linder onto Idaho 44 and during construction will replace it with a designated right-turn lane.
Drivers will still be able to turn right at the intersection during construction.
The speed limit has been reduced to 45 mph in the construction zone. At least one lane in each direction will remain open throughout construction, but lanes may be restricted at night. Access to businesses and residences around the intersection remain open.
ITD selected Central Paving, Inc. and Horrocks Engineers as the design-build team for the $9.23 million project.
ITD is responsible for all highways in Ada County, including Interstate 84, state highways and U.S. routes. All other Ada County roads are under the jurisdiction of the Ada County Highway District.