BOISE, Idaho — If your heading to the mountains from the Boise area this weekend, you’ll want to be aware of some road construction projects that could cause delays.
The Idaho Transportation Department has issued travel advisories for Highways 55 and 95.
On Idaho 55, crews have been working to repave a section of the highway south of Smiths Ferry. ITD says that work will be suspended starting Friday, May 24, and will resume on Tuesday, May 28.
Motorists should use caution and obey traffic signs in the area. ITD says there are still uneven surfaces as work continues.
On U.S. 95, there two construction projects that will have an impact on drivers over the holiday weekend. There are two bridge replacements and travel has been restricted to one lane. One project is about 10 miles north of Council. The second is on the Little Rainbow Bridge, approximately 13 miles north of New Meadows. Expect delays. Both construction zones have temporary signals.
ITD says the recent rainfall means the mountains are saturated and this increases the risk of rockfall and mudslides. Motorists should be aware of these hazards and drive with caution.
ITD will have flaggers out at the intersection of Idaho 55 and the Banks-Lowman Road. That area typically sees heavy traffic during the summer holidays. You might want to avoid the area between noon to early evening to avoid extra delays.
There are also some construction projects locally that will impact motorists.
In Canyon County, there is construction on Idaho 55 at the Snake River Bridge in Marsing. Travel will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Expect delays.
And along Interstate 84 there are two active projects to the east and west of Boise. Bridge rehab over Purple Sage Road west of Caldwell has reduced I-84 to one lane in each direction. Speed limits are reduced in the area.
ITD is doing pavement rehab and construction of a third westbound lane east of Mountain Home. Speeds limits are reduced as motorists are channeled into one lane.
Be sure to check 511 before leaving to see the latest road conditions and impacts.