Safety improvements at dangerous intersection to begin Monday

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A file photo of a crash at Anderson Corner

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on September 22, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 23 at 1:26 PM

BOISE -- The reconstruction of a dangerous intersection on the Payette-Canyon County line is set to begin on Monday.

The intersection of U.S 95 and U.S. 20-26, also known as Anderson Corner, has been the site of a dozen accidents in the last seven years.

Two years ago, three teenagers were killed in a crash at Anderson Corner.

In an effort to improve safety at the intersection, the Idaho Transportation Department says crews will build a new northbound right-turn lane onto Anderson Corner Road and will extend the southbound acceleration lane by one-quarter mile, providing additional space for safer accelerating.

"Two-lane U.S. 95 has no turn lane at the intersection, so full-speed drivers sometimes contend with motorists in front of them who have slowed or stopped to turn," explained ITD Project Manager Dave Barrett. "We're making the intersection safer by separating the turning traffic from the full-speed through traffic."

During the reconstruction project, the speed limit in the work zone will be reduced to 45 miles per hour. Flaggers will also be in the area to guide traffic.

The project is scheduled to be completed in late October.

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