Rock blasting begins along Interstate 84

Credit: Paul Boehlke/KTVB

Rock blasting begins along Interstate 84

Print
Email
|

by KTVB

KTVB.COM

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 2 at 11:01 AM

BOISE -- Three people escaped injury after their SUV rolled over on eastbound Interstate 84 Thursday afternoon near the Ada-Elmore County line.

Officers with the Idaho State Police are not sure what caused the crash, but warn motorists to slow down in the area.

The rollover happened near a stretch of I-84 that has seen almost a hundred crashes in the last five years. That's why the Idaho Transportation Department is drilling and blasting to make some safety zones for drivers.

Crews began blasting Thursday afternoon on the eastbound lanes of I-84 between the Port of Entry exit and the Stage Stop.

Those lanes will be closed for the month of August and shifted to one of the westbound lanes.

Rock loosened by the explosives will be used to create 30-feet-wide clear zones for vehicles to run off too,  in case of an emergency, instead of hitting the median.

The estimated cost of the project is $450,000 for the blasting, and $8.8 million for the pavement rehab in the area. Blasting should be done by September. The pavement work will be completed in November.

Print
Email
|