It could be awhile before you drive through these areas hassle free
You’ve got 10 days to plan new routes if you regularly use Boise’s Cole Road.
A section of Cole will be closed for a couple of months to help keep traffic moving on Franklin Road as crews work on widening that intersection, county highway officials said in a press release Tuesday.
Cole between Franklin Road and Barrister Drive will be shut down from May 17 to July 12. Detours will be set up.
Businesses in the area will remain open, but some entry points will change.
Highway officials initially said the project would be completed by mid-September. An ACHD spokeswoman told the Statesman on Tuesday that they’ve been aiming for fall, and it’s now looking like mid-October.
We’re now in the seventh month of the $7.6 million project to widen a one-mile stretch of road between Franklin and Interstate 84.
In addition to adding lanes, crews have realigned Cole/McMullen and added a pedestrian signal at Cole/Camas. They will be also be putting in curbs, gutters, sidewalks, bike lanes and medians.
They’ll soon begin work on widening the Cole / Franklin intersection, and had no choice but to close Cole.
“An evaluation was made of the amount of space available in the intersection while still maintaining travel lanes on Franklin Road, and it was determined there was not adequate room to safely place equipment and pour the concrete paving on the northern portion of Franklin Road and North Cole Road,” ACHD said in the release.
County highway officials added that traffic on Franklin would be greatly impacted if Cole were not closed, causing “substantial delays.”
Rather than close the road for shorter periods multiple times, they decided that one long closure would be more efficient.
“Closing the road also has the added benefit of speeding up work in this area, thereby saving time in the overall construction schedule,” the release said.