JEROME, Idaho (KLIX)-The next phase to widen U.S. Highway 93 in Jerome County will begin February 1. According to the Idaho Transportation Department, the contractor, Idaho Materials Construction will begin with preliminary work that will start north of Idaho Highway 25 (the blinking light) and go south of 100 S about two miles. The highway will be widened from two lanes to four lanes with additional turn lanes, much like past projects to the south that have widened the roadway from the U.S. 93/Interstate 84 interchange.“The initial phase of this project will take place over the coming month and involve work off of the highway,” said ITD South-central Idaho Project Manager Kenny Lively in a statement Tuesday. “Once that is complete, crews will transition to the second phase which will involve widening of the roadway.” The first part of construction will build a southbound lane with center turn lane and then work will shift to building a northbound lane and center turn lane. ITD said construction shouldn't impact traffic as drivers will be able to use existing lanes while work is being done however, ITD asks travelers to watch for road crews and construction equipment. Work should be completed by the fall.

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