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.