ITD projects aim to improve driver safety

Statesman staffMay 17, 2013 

Idaho Transportation Department crews this summer will flatten a median on Interstate 84 and reduce roadside distractions on a stretch of Idaho 55 to improve safety.

Here are details on the two projects:

• Crews will use explosives to blast away at basalt rock outcroppings and level the median along a five-mile stretch of I-84 between the East Boise Port of Entry and the Mayfield exit/Stage Stop (Exit 71). Dirt and gravel harvested during the blasting will be used to fill in a few depressions or holes in the median that also create a safety issue. According to ITD, there have been 95 crashes in that stretch of highway, involving 245 people, in the last five years.

• Crews will also remove two old homestead structures along the roadside at the Paddy Flat maintenance shed halfway between McCall and Cascade on Idaho 55. The two structures – an old house and a garage near the edge of the highway – will be removed to improve the line of sight for nearby drivers.

ITD said the projects should get under way in July or August.

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