Changing Lanes: I-84 Construction Squeezes Morning Commute

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Tuesday morning's rush hour was a bit more like a crawl, due to a major traffic shift on Interstate 84.

One westbound lane of I-84 between Cloverdale and Five Mile roads is being pushed over two lanes to squeeze alongside the eastbound lanes of I-84. 

When Idaho Transportation Department crews are through with maintenance to the westbound lanes, they'll swap directions in about a week, pushing away an eastbound lane of I-84. 

Additionally, westbound drivers coming through the Wye Interchange are merging earlier than usual. 

The I-84 lanes that are getting a facelift were built in the 1960s.

“This is a complex project, and the contractor found an opportunity to complete the westbound work between Five Mile and Cloverdale roads this year,” said Project Engineer Jayme Coonce. “ITD is asking everyone to leave early, slow down and pay attention in the work zone.”

Boise-based Concrete Placing Company is the contractor for the $50.8 million project, which will reconstruct the entire Meridian interchange and rebuild the drainage system in the median and resurface the inside lanes. 

ITD officials say their hope is be finish the work by Thanksgiving.