The Idaho Transportation Board has announced its decision to move ahead with reconstructing three interchanges along I-84 in order to take advantage of construction cost savings and available funding.
The interchanges are Meridian Road, Gowen Road, and Broadway Avenue.
Rebuilding the antiquated 43-year old Gowen Road interchange could open up expansion opportunities for the Boise Valley Railroad, which already connects with the Union Pacific Railroad in Nampa.
The railroad wants to build a transfer station near the Gowen Road interchange that would handle air, railroad, and truck freight.
The old Orchard railroad line, which is no longer in service, could be renovated to provide a better connection to the UP mainline at Orchard, southeast of Boise.
The outdated 47-year old Meridian Road interchange is a major bottleneck on I-84 because it requires motorists to squeeze down to six lanes from the eight lanes available elsewhere between Boise and Nampa.
The projects are estimated to cost $180 million and most of the money will be spent in the Treasure Valley
Source: IdahoStatesman.com article
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