JEROME, Idaho – Starting today, be prepared to slow down along a portion of Interstate 84 through eastern Jerome County.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction on a large segment between mileposts 181 and 201, causing traffic to shift between each side of the interstate.

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The project is one of two that crews will be working on along the interstate, according to the Idaho Transportation Department.

Work will begin by constructing or repaving the median crossovers at four locations with short lane closures. By mid-July both projects will restrict traffic to a single lane in each direction. Drivers can expect reduced speed limits through each construction zone and a 14-foot width limit will be in effect for wide loads.

Crews begin today, June 20, to reconstruct the eastbound lanes of I-84 from the Idaho 50 interchange (Exit 182) to Valley Road (Exit 188). Work includes improving irrigation crossings, improving roadway drainage and rebuilding the on- and off-ramps at both interchanges.

The second project will consist of a full-width paving project on the westbound lanes between the Northside Canal and the Kasota Road interchange (Exit 201). The project is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, June 27, with paving of crossovers. Following the July 4 holiday, crews will be milling the top layer of existing road surface to remove the damaged portions and placing an asphalt overlay on the seven-mile section.

Surfacing will be completed with a seal coat before reopening to traffic in early August. The project also includes paving the westbound ramps at the Kasota Road interchange (Exit 201), according to ITD, as well as replacing guardrail and delineators.

Additional Projects
Drivers should expect to encounter two additional projects later this summer on portions of the interstate, also in Jerome County.

The first project, which will begin about July 31, will extend the area of reconstruction for the eastbound lanes from Valley Road to the Northside Canal near milepost 195, according to ITD.

Also, resurfacing of I-84 in both directions between Wendell and Jerome will begin in mid-August. Both projects will be complete this year.