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McElhinney named new Idaho Transportation Department Chief Operations Officer

Dan McElhinney has been selected as the Idaho Transportation Department’s new Chief Operations Officer following a thorough national search. He is expected to begin August 10. At ITD, McElhinney will be responsible for overseeing more than 12,000 lane miles of highways and roads, more than 1,800 bridges on the State Highway System, as well as …

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An excavator clears rock from the slide at MP 188 on US-95 near Riggins

US-95 between Riggins and Pollock may temporarily reopen tomorrow afternoon

Depending on geotechnical survey results, US-95 between Pollock and Riggins may temporarily open tomorrow afternoon (Sunday, July 5) to allow traffic to drive around the rock slide that has closed the highway since Friday morning. “We were fortunate that there was no further activity last night, and if repeated surveys show no more …

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Substantial headway made on Salt Lake Interchange project east of Burley

Traffic shifted from westbound lanes to eastbound lanes through the Salt Lake Interchange project

As early as Tuesday of next week (July 7), traffic will shift on Interstate 84/86 at the Salt Lake Interchange project. Motorists traveling on I-84 toward Pocatello will no longer be crossed over to the westbound lanes; instead drivers traveling westbound on I-86 toward Burley will be crossed over to join them …

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Image of US-26/US-93 near Carey

Construction on US-26/US-93 in Blaine County to begin next week

Rehabilitation of US-26/US-93 is expected to begin next Monday (July 6), south of Carey. Work will encompass approximately seven miles of highway (milepost 196 to 203) and provide a safer and smoother ride for motorists. US-26/US-93 between Shoshone and Carey has seen several rehabilitation projects in recent years. This is one of …

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Black Cat Road Closure Map

Black Cat Road closed at Chinden, July-August 2020

Black Cat Road will close beginning July 6 to all traffic between Larry Lane and Chinden Boulevard (US 20/26) and to through traffic between McMillan Road and Chinden, as crews make improvements to the Chinden/Black Cat intersection as part of the ChindenWest project. Work is scheduled to occur during the day and …

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Photo of traffic using the Northwest Boulevard exit on I-90

Idaho Transportation Department now taking suggestions from residents for upcoming projects

The Idaho Transportation Department is asking for input on the just–released draft Idaho Transportation Improvement Program (ITIP). The 2021-2027 draft ITIP is a seven-year plan of the state’s transportation improvements, and all stakeholders are encouraged to participate.   Projects can range from large-scale interstate improvements to smaller projects like the installation of a new guardrail. In all, the draft ITIP includes projects in all 44 counties and all modes of transportation. Projects were selected based on technical data, as well as …

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