BOISE — A blasting contractor will begin work Thursday to remove a series of basalt rock outcroppings in the median in a five-mile stretch of Interstate 84 between the east Boise point of entry and the Mayfield/Stage Stop exit at Milepost 71.
A large number of motorists who drive off the freeway in that stretch end up hitting the rocks and sustain added vehicle damage or suffer injuries as a result. In the past five years there have been 95 crashes in that area, according to the Idaho Department of Transportation.
About 80 holes will be drilled over the next several days in preparation for blasting. When crews later set off the explosives, rolling lane closures will take place to keep motorists away from the blast zone.
Nearby, resurfacing work will take place beginning Monday on a 10-mile section of the freeway between Eisenman Road to Indian Creek at Milepost 70. The westbound fast lane will be closed off after Monday morning's commute, with eastbound traffic brought to that lane at 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 31.
Paving will take place first on the eastbound lanes, shifting to the westbound lanes in early September.
One lane of travel in each direction will be maintained throughout the entire project.
Central Paving of Boise is the contractor for the $8.8 million paving project.