Commuter alert: I-84 lane restrictions through Meridian expected to start Wednesday morning

The Interstate 84 lane restrictions dreaded by commuters through Meridian will begin Wednesday morning, the Idaho Transportation Department announced Friday.

Reduction of the freeway to two lanes in each direction is expected to bog rush-hour traffic and lengthen travel times. It also is expected to last until early November.

ITD announced earlier that the lane closure between the Ten Mile and Eagle interchanges would happen next week, but didn't specify which day it would start.

From Tuesday night through the end of the week, crews will shift lanes, move guardrail and stripe this stretch of I-84 as the new traffic pattern is put in place, ITD reports.

The agency says restricting lanes is necessary to give crews room to build the outside two lanes and shoulder in both directions at the Meridian Interchange.

By late November, construction at the Meridian Interchange will be finished and I-84 will reopen to four lanes.