Construction Projects

Update on S Boulevard Construction, North of 17th Street

We are approaching the final stages of the construction project on S Boulevard. The contractor has completed the seal coat. There are a few spots not yet paved due to some unforeseen delays but it should be completed by Monday, the 24th. The roadway will be open to local traffic only during this time.  

The striping will change to allow for a center turn lane throughout this section. Lanes will also be reduced to one in each direction north of 15th Street. 

The addition of a center turn lane will improve the efficiency of traffic flow while providing a separation between opposing lanes of traffic and a lane for emergency vehicles. It will also improve pedestrian crossing safety by requiring pedestrians to cross only three lanes of traffic rather than four.

The roundabout at S Boulevard and Elm Street is also almost complete. Crews are currently working on the curbing, gutter, sidewalks and pavers.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate the community’s continued patience as we complete all of the construction projects as quickly as possible.

Temporary Closure of 8th & 9th Street for Water Line Replacement

 

Beginning tomorrow, September 13th, 3H Construction will temporarily close 8th and 9th Street from S Holmes Avenue to S Higbee Avenue for the replacement of water lines.  This project was originally scheduled to start August 10, however there were unexpected delays with another project that impacted the timeline of this project. 

 

The work on 8th and 9th Street requires closure of the roads on this city block for approximately six weeks, barring unforeseen conditions. Detours will be marked.

 

Residents in the area will have access to their homes and driveways. While on-street parking is not prohibited, it is not recommended during construction. However, there will be times during construction when on-street parking will not be available.

 

The contractor will notify property owners if they find it necessary to turn off water service to homes for any reason. If water service is disrupted for more than a few hours, the contractor will provide temporary water.

 

Please reduce speeds, obey posted traffic control signage and watch for construction crews in the vicinity.

 

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience. If you have any questions about this project, please call 3H Construction at (208) 589-7713.

 

Temporary Lane Closure on Channing Way
On Tuesday, September 4, TMC Contractors Inc. will temporarily close the right lane of traffic on Channing Way at the southeast corner of E 25th Street and Channing Way. The lane closure is necessary to widen the road and add a right turn lane to accommodate increased traffic in that area. Traffic will be diverted to the left turn lane while the right turn lane is being constructed. Following the completion of this section of roadway, the right lane of E. 25th Street, at this same corner, will then close temporarily for the remaining portion of the project. The anticipated completion time is mid-October. Please reduce speeds, obey posted traffic control signage and use caution near construction crews in the vicinity. We appreciate your patience. If you have any questions about this project, please call TMC Contractors Inc. at (208) 529-9895.


Crosswalk Beacon Installed by Hawthorne Elementary School
A HAWK (High-intensity Activated crossWalK beacon) is under installation at 15th Street and S Boulevard. A HAWK, similar to what was installed on Riverside Drive and Skyline Drive, will dramatically increase safety for pedestrians crossing S Boulevard in front of Hawthorne Elementary School.   During construction motorists will be diverted with detour signs to bypass the construction zone. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate the community’s continued patience as we continue to improve our roadways and make them safer for both motorists and pedestrians.


Bicycle Routes Installed on 5th and 6th streets
In keeping with the recommendation of the bicycle and pedestrian plan Connecting Our Community, the City of Idaho Falls is in the process of adding pavement markings and signs to establish bicycle routes along 5th and 6th Streets. 

These improvements will provide an important connection between the bike lanes on John Adams Parkway and the bike lanes that will be striped in the next several weeks on S. Boulevard.  The City will continue to work toward implementation of the Connecting Our Community recommendations for increased bicycle accommodation and greater connectivity of designated bicycle routes and facilities throughout Idaho Falls.

This phase consists of the following:

  • installation of sharrow (shared right-of-way) pavement markings on 5th and 6th Streets between S Holmes Avenue and S. Boulevard;
  • addition of a bike lane on Holmes Avenue southbound between 5th Street and 6th Street;
  • revisions to the bike lane treatment on John Adams Parkway approaching S Holmes Avenue; and
  • addition of related signage.

    The addition of the bike lane on S Holmes Avenue began last week and will be finished this week.  The sharrow markings will be completed this week, with the bike lane revisions on John Adams Parkway completed within the next two weeks.

    The placement of sharrow markings on the pavement is intended to remind motorists to expect bicycles traveling on the roadway and to drive in a manner that safely accommodates them.  The markings also provide confirmation to cyclists that they are on the designated bike route and provides guidance regarding their preferred placement within the travel lane. 

    The improvements on John Adams Parkway, approaching S Holmes Avenue, will include the bike lane transitioning to a position between the left-turn and right-turn lanes at the intersection.  Vehicles entering the right-turn lane will be required to yield to bicyclists in the bike lane.  This change will allow bicycles to safely make the left turn onto S Holmes Avenue to access the bike route on 6th Street.

ITD Asphalt Overlay Project – Highway 26/Yellowstone Avenue
From early August through October, Depatco, Inc. will be working for the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) applying an asphalt overlay on US Highway 26 from E Iona Road to W 65th S. Highway 26 is, in part, also Highway 91. The corridor is commonly referred to as Yellowstone Highway or Yellowstone Avenue and Northgate Mile. Included in the project will be the replacement of damaged curb, gutter and sidewalk. The project also calls for ADA sidewalk ramps and a new traffic signal at N Holmes Avenue and Yellowstone Avenue. All businesses along the route will be accessible. The corridor will remain open to traffic, however multiple lane and shoulder closures are necessary during construction. Please watch for equipment and workers, be courteous of other commuters, follow all traffic signs and flaggers and reduce speeds to posted limits. For questions, call DePatco, Inc. at (208) 458-4000.

Lincoln and Hitt roundabout courtesy posting for Bonneville County
Motorists are encouraged to be aware, slow down and plan accordingly for Bonneville County’s full closure of the 25th East (Hitt Road) & Lincoln Road intersection. The closure is to accommodate Bonneville County’s Lincoln Road widening improvement project. It will impact traffic flow and intersections in Idaho Falls, particularly the intersections along Woodruff Avenue.

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Extensive Construction on S Boulevard this Summer

The City of Idaho Falls has a busy schedule for construction activities on S Boulevard this summer. Four separate projects are planned over the next couple of months. These include the Elm St/S Boulevard roundabout and the S Boulevard Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB) lights, storm drain improvements and seal coating. 

ROUNDABOUT

We have pavement! Knife River will be striping and landscaping the roundabout in the coming weeks.

See the plans

RRFB LIGHT INSTALLATION

Pedestrian safety is the primary focus on the S Boulevard RRFB light installation. The contractor, DL Beck will make the improvements on S Boulevard at Birch Street and 9th Street. The curbs will be extended to minimize the crosswalk distance. Pushbutton-activated strobe-like lights will be installed to provide active warning to motorists of crossing pedestrians. This project will begin on Tuesday, July 17 and continue through September.

STORM DRAINAGE

The S Boulevard storm drain improvements will include storm drainage and other improvements on S Boulevard between 2nd Street and 4th Street, between 13th Street and 14th Street and at Hartert Drive. Motorists should expect lane restrictions at each of these locations. The improvements at 13th Street include some work west of S Boulevard to reconfigure how Maple Street and 13th Street intersect S Boulevard. Those improvements are designed to improve the safety and efficiency of that intersection area. Work will begin within the next two weeks. The contractor on this project is HK Contractors.

SEAL COAT

S Boulevard has a new and improved surface. The only remaining work is to paint the stripes. That should be done by mid September.  

RE-STRIPING

Following the seal coat, the final step in the process is re-striping the roadway. This will include a center turn lane and one lane each direction throughout the entire length of S Boulevard, with additional lanes near the 17th Street intersection.

Please reduce speeds, obey posted traffic control signage and watch for construction crews throughout the work zones. We appreciate the community’s continued patience as we complete all of the construction projects this summer.


E 25th Street Improvement
s from St Clair Road to Channing Way
TMC Contractors are focused at this time on the stretch from St Clair Road to Channing Way. Barring unforeseen conditions, the anticipated completion time is October 1, 2018. The improvements  include curb and gutter, sidewalk, and street milling with a final overlay. Please reduce speeds, obey posted traffic control signage and watch for construction crews throughout the work zone. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we complete construction as quickly as possible. For questions or concerns about this project, contact TMC Contractors at (208) 243-1616.  

E Anderson Street Water Line Replacement
On Monday, June 18, TMC Contractors began construction on a water line on E Anderson between N Holmes and Northgate Mile/N Yellowstone Highway (aka US Highway 26). The final stages of the project are underway. Currently, the contractor is milling the old road surface. You can expect new pavement during the second week of September. Please reduce speeds, obey posted traffic control signage and watch for construction crews throughout the work zone. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we complete construction as quickly as possible. For questions or concerns, contact TMC Contractors, Inc. at (208) 243-1616.

17th Street Construction Project – Holmes to Woodruff
Construction on 17th Street – Holmes Avenue to Woodruff Avenue – began Monday, June 18. The contractor has reached the final stages of the work on 17th Street. All that remains is the fog coat and striping. Please reduce speeds, obey posted traffic control signage and watch for construction crews throughout the work zone. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we complete construction as quickly as possible. For questions or concerns, contact HK Contractors, Inc. at (208) 523-6600.

Updated 9/19/18