Traffic & Transportation

ITD says delay applying sealant during bridge work caused Connector bottleneck

An unexpected delay in work on a bridge over the Boise River caused Tuesday morning’s commuting delays, the Idaho Transportation Department says.

ITD has contractors overhauling 10 bridges along the Boise Connector in a summerlong project. Monday night, a contractor had crews place a sealant on the bridge over the Boise River, near Chinden Boulevard. But the sealant didn’t cure as quickly as expected, according to ITD, and agency management decided Tuesday morning to keep the overnight lane closures in place.

That meant traffic coming into Boise had to squeeze into one lane over the bridge. Between 7:30-8 a.m., for example, cars were backed up to past Cole Road.

“ITD is actively working with our contractor and the product manufacturer to determine placement parameters to ensure the project can be completed with minimal impact to the traveling public, specifically to avoid high commute times,” read a Tuesday morning statement from ITD.

The bridge maintenance along the stretch includes patching concrete and waterproofing.