The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) received $90.24 million in infrastructure grants in August, the largest grant ITD had ever received. It will be used to ease congestion on Interstate 84 in Nampa, Idaho, part of a larger project along I-84 corridor between Boise and Caldwell.
“The project is expected to Improve safety by significantly reducing serious and fatal crashes in the area,” said ITD Director Brian Ness.
Idaho Governor Butch Otter, Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Brandye Hendrickson, and other state and local officials (Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas, Canyon County Commission President Tom Dale and Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho Chair Dave Case) joined Ness and board member Julie DeLorenzo at public event announcing the grant Aug. 29. The event recognized the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for improvements benefiting the movement of goods and services on the heavily used route. This area sees nearly 100,000 vehicle trips per day, and commercial trucks comprise a significant percentage of that traffic.
Across the nation, grants totaling nearly $1.5 billion have been proposed through INFRA.
The INFRA grant will help fund construction of an additional travel lane and auxiliary lanes in Nampa, an estimated $150 million project. Besides widening I-84 in this 2.8-mile section, it includes replacing and widening an overpass and an undersized canal structure, replacing and expanding two bridges over a railroad and canal, performing ramp improvements, reconstructing an interchange, and rebuilding a bridge over the freeway.
Construction on the project will begin this fall. Temporary lanes will be paved on the existing shoulders to ensure two lanes of travel in each direction will remain open during peak hours throughout construction.