The much-dreaded lane closures were expected to kick in for the Wednesday morning commute, with I-84 traffic limited to two lanes in each direction from Ten Mile Road to Eagle Road for the next couple of months.
But about 11 p.m., the Idaho Transportation Department announced no daytime lane closures will take place.
A news release said ITD and the contractor, Concrete Placing Company, “have been working up to the eleventh hour and determined how to complete rebuilding outside lanes and shoulders at the Meridian Interchange without additional lane reductions.”
Rather than working on both sides of the Interstate at once, crews will work on the westbound outside lanes and shoulders first, completing that work before starting the same work on eastbound I-84.
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That change in plans will “maintain three lanes in each direction during daytime hours,” ITD reported. The news release does not mention whether there might be additional restrictions during nighttime hours.
“Maintaining mobility and reducing congestion are critical aspects of the department’s commitment to the traveling public as we work to complete the final stage of I-84 construction,” Amy Revis, ITD District 3 Engineer, said in the late-night news release. “We are proud of the efforts the contractor and our team have put into this revised plan.”