BOISE -- A much-needed road widening project in west Boise is now complete.

Ada County Highway District officials say Franklin Road between Five Mile Road and Touchmark Way (just to the east of Eagle Road) is fully open to traffic.

The $3.8 million project took nearly a year to complete and was funded by federal dollars. That stretch of Franklin Road is now five lanes and has seven-foot sidewalks.

Officials say the expanded road will improve traffic flow and reduce congestion for the more than 16,000 motorists that use it on a daily basis. The wider sidewalks will also improve safety for motorists and pedestrians.

This project improves a vital east-west corridor that connects Boise and Meridian. With its completion, the road project makes Franklin Road a five-lane roadway between Linder and Cole, said Rebecca Arnold, ACHD Commission President.

Last year, the Franklin and Cloverdale intersection was widened, and earlier this year improvements were made at Franklin and Maple Grove intersection.

Over the next few weeks, crews will perform some finishing work on Franklin Road between Five Mile Road and Touchmark Way.

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