Construction of a new southbound lane on Eagle Road between Franklin Road and Interstate 84 begins Sunday night and is expected to be complete by mid-September, the Idaho Transportation Department announced Wednesday.
The project, once complete, is expected to relieve congestion, increase capacity and enhance safety on the busy roadway. Within the next 20 years, traffic on Eagle Road is projected to double, from approximately 40,000 vehicles per day to more than 80,000, according to an ITD news release.
Most of the construction this summer will occur overnight, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, ITD reports. At night, lanes will be restricted on southbound Eagle Road between Franklin and I-84. At least one lane in each direction will remain open during the overnight work. Work that does not interrupt traffic may take place during daylight hours. The speed limit will be reduced to 40 mph in the work zone when lane closures are in effect. In general, access to businesses and residences will remain open throughout construction, ITD reports. People who live near the work zone may hear noise at night from jackhammers, backup alarms, excavation equipment and other activities, ITD reports.
In addition to building a third southbound lane, the project will include adding sidewalk, curb and gutter on the west side of Eagle Road from Franklin to I-84. New traffic-signal heads and pedestrian-crossing buttons will be installed at the intersections of Franklin Road, East St. Lukes Road and I-84. Idaho Sand & Gravel of Nampa is the contractor for the $1 million project.