The Treasure Valley's commute will never be the same once the Idaho Transportation Department opens the new Ten Mile interchange later today.
The 22-month project came in six months ahead of schedule and $1 million under an expected budget of $33.8 million. During construction, the project created more than 400 jobs.
The design is dubbed a "single point urban interchange," not unlike the new Vista Avenue interchange near the Boise airport. The Ten Mile interchange will give drivers a new way to access I-84 on the six-mile stretch between the Garrity and Meridian interchanges. Construction will continue over the summer as permanent concrete is poured under the new interchange. One eastbound and one westbound lane will be closed for several weeks in June and July.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Meridian's population grew from 42,481 to 75,092 between 2003 and 2010.