Category Archives: Construction Notice

Yellowstone & “B” Street Traffic Signal Removal

Signal to be replaced with a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon

Idaho Falls, ID – The traffic signal at Yellowstone Avenue & “B” Street will be removed the morning of Wednesday, December 14, after the morning rush hour. The signal will be replaced with a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon, also known as a HAWK signal, which is anticipated to be functioning by Friday, December 16.

To accommodate the work, traffic lane restrictions will be in place throughout the day on both Wednesday and Thursday.

During removal and replacement activities, pedestrians should use caution crossing Yellowstone Avenue and are encouraged to use the traffic signals located at Yellowstone Avenue & Broadway and Yellowstone Avenue & Constitution Way.

The City of Idaho Falls and the Idaho Transportation Department began removing traffic signals throughout Idaho Falls in September 2016 following an extensive traffic signal removal study and public comment period.  The signal at Yellowstone Avenue & “B” Street was not removed at that time pending arrival of the HAWK beacon equipment.

The HAWK beacon is a new type of pedestrian crossing beacon that has proven in several states to increase safety for pedestrians by grabbing the attention of motorists.  Similar HAWK beacons were installed in August of 2015 on Pancheri Drive by Skyline High School and Eagle Rock Junior High School.

While the HAWK beacon looks fairly similar to a traditional signalized pedestrian crossing, it functions a bit differently. When not in use, it will remain dark. The beacon goes through a sequence of five movements after a pedestrian pushes the button:

  1. The HAWK beacon begins flashing yellow to indicate to drivers someone will be using the crosswalk.
  2. It then goes to solid yellow like a typical traffic signal, advising drivers to stop if safe to do so.
  3. The beacon then turns solid red, requiring drivers to stop at the stop line.
  4. Finally, the beacon goes to the flashing red, letting drivers know that after coming to a complete stop, they can proceed with caution if the way is clear—the same movement they would make at any other flashing-red signal or beacon.
  5. The beacon then returns to a dark state.

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry Hammon.

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About Public Works:  The Public Works Department consists of six divisions. The Engineering Division provides Survey, Design and Project Management services to the rest of Public Works and other city divisions. The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Division coordinates Mapping and Informational Services with other city divisions.  The Sanitation Division provides solid waste collection and disposal. The Sewer Division provides sanitary sewage collection and treatment for the city and areas in Bonneville County; and storm water collection and treatment for the city.  The Street Division maintains the streets, bridges, alleys, and public parking lots. The Water Division provides and distributes potable water.

Section of Elm Street Closed Tomorrow Morning for Repairs

Idaho Falls, ID – Elm Street from Yellowstone Avenue to Eastern Avenue will be closed tomorrow, November 17, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Union Pacific Railroad will be replacing damaged crossing panels at the railroad crossing on Elm Street immediately east of the Broadway & Yellowstone Avenue intersection.

Motorists should plan alternate routes such as the railroad crossing at Cliff Street & Yellowstone Avenue, “D” Street & Yellowstone Avenue or Pancheri Drive & 17th Street.

The roadway is anticipated to reopen before noon tomorrow.

Please watch for equipment and workers, follow all traffic signs and flaggers, and reduce speeds to posted limits.

Additional information on City of Idaho Falls construction projects can be found on the homepage of the city’s website or by clicking HERE.

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry Hammon.

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About Idaho Falls:  Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous national park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, science & technology, shopping and entertainment, Idaho Falls is an attractive location for small and large businesses alike. Idaho Falls consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more on our website.

Traffic Detoured at Grandview Drive & Foote Drive

Idaho Falls, ID – Traffic at the intersection of Grandview Drive and Foote Drive will be detoured Tuesday, November 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for paving work.

Foote Drive traffic will be detoured west on Grandview Drive, then north on Skyline Drive and east on Sawtelle Street.

This work is part of the widening and reconstruction project on Grandview Drive from Skyline Drive to Saturn Avenue.

The reconstruction and widening of Grandview Drive from Skyline Drive to Saturn Avenue began August 1.  This federally-funded project will provide roadway improvements including the reconstruction of the roadway, widening of Grandview Drive to five lanes, a 12ft wide shared use pathway on the south side of the roadway, and a sidewalk on the north side of the roadway between Skyline Drive and Saturn Avenue.

Motorists should watch for equipment and workers, follow all traffic signs and flaggers, and reduce speeds to posted limits.

For questions, call Public Works at (208) 612-8250.

Additional information on City of Idaho Falls construction projects can be found on the homepage of the city’s website or by clicking HERE.

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry Hammon.

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About Idaho Falls:  Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous national park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, science & technology, shopping and entertainment, Idaho Falls is an attractive location for small and large businesses alike. Idaho Falls consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more on our website.

Project Update: Grandview Drive Widening

Idaho Falls, ID – The project to widen Grandview Drive from Skyline Drive to Saturn Avenue is set to be complete by the end of November, weather permitting.

The project dates to mid-April when the City began relocating waterlines along the project limits. The waterline relocation effort ended in early June and the reconstruction and widening of Grandview Drive began Aug. 1.

The federally funded project calls for a number of roadway improvements, including reconstruction of the roadway, widening of Grandview to five lanes, the addition of a 12-foot-wide shared-use pathway on Grandview’s south side, and a sidewalk on the north side between Skyline and Saturn.

Remaining work includes retaining wall construction on the south side of Grandview; curb, gutter and sidewalk installation; roadway excavation and paving on the south side of Grandview; and utility adjustments/striping. Paving is scheduled to be complete in November.

The speed limit through the work zone has been reduced to 25 MPH, and motorists should expect periodic lane closures. Motorists are also advised to watch for equipment and workers, follow all traffic signs and flaggers, and reduce speeds to posted limits.

Work that has been completed to date includes:

  • Waterline relocation
  • Phone relocation on the north side of Grandview
  • Construction of a storm water infiltration system that will hold 900 cubic yards of water at a depth of 16 feet beneath the roadway
  • Construction of the storm sewer lines
  • Construction of the north roadway retaining wall
  • Roadway base and paving (bottom lift) on the north half of the roadway

Additional information on City of Idaho Falls construction projects can be found on the homepage of the city’s website or by clicking HERE. For questions, call Public Works at (208) 612-8250.

Park Avenue Detour

Idaho Falls, ID: Traffic restrictions will be in place downtown until Friday afternoon as crews install curb, gutter, and sidewalk in front of the new fire station.

The left lane of Park Avenue between F Street and E Street is closed, as is the eastbound lane of E street between Shoup Avenue and Park Avenue. Signs are in place to direct motorists around the work.

The closures will be lifted between 5 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday.

During all construction activities, watch for equipment and workers, follow all traffic signs and flaggers, and reduce speeds to posted limits. For questions, call Public Works at (208) 612-8250. Click here for the traffic plan.

Traffic restrictions set for 17th Street and 25th East (Hitt Road)

Idaho Falls, ID – Traffic will be restricted tonight at the intersection of 25th East (Hitt Road) and 17th Street as Rocky Mountain Power relocates power poles in advance of an intersection-improvement project.
From 9 pm Thursday until 6 am Friday, Oct. 7, the east leg of the intersection will be closed. Traffic will be able to travel through the intersection on 25th East and access 17th Street to the west, but traffic will not be able to access 17th Street to the east of the intersection.
Please use caution and extend courtesy to workers and other drivers when traveling through the work zones.
Relocation of the power poles is the first step in a project to improve the intersection, one of the busiest and most dangerous in the area. The $2.6 million project is a collaborative effort between the cities of Idaho Falls and Ammon that calls for widening the roadway to accommodate additional turn lanes on all approaches. Construction on the roadway is set to begin in spring 2017 and be completed in late summer.
For additional information or questions, please contact Idaho Falls Public Works at (208) 612-8250.
Additional information on City of Idaho Falls construction projects can be found on the homepage of the city’s website or by clicking HERE.

Power Pole Relocation at 17th Street & Hitt Road Intersection

 Idaho Falls, ID – Rocky Mountain Power will be relocating power poles on 25th East (Hitt Road) at 17th Street the week of October 3-7, 2016 in advance of intersection improvements to be constructed in 2017.

The outside lane on 25th East, as traffic approaches the intersection from the south, will be closed on Monday, October 3, from approximately 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lane closures after 8 p.m. daily and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday will occur as needed. Periodic closures of other outside lanes on 17th Street and 25th East, around the southeast and southwest corners of the intersection, may also be required.

Please use caution and extend courtesy to workers and other drivers when traveling through the work zones.

For additional information or questions, please contact Idaho Falls Public Works at (208) 612-8250.

Additional information on City of Idaho Falls construction projects can be found on the homepage of the city’s website or by clicking HERE.

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry Hammon.

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About Idaho Falls:  Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous national park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, science & technology, shopping and entertainment, Idaho Falls is an attractive location for small and large businesses alike. Idaho Falls consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more on our website.

Traffic to be Detoured at Grandview Drive & Foote Drive

Idaho Falls, ID – Traffic at the intersection of Grandview Drive and Foote Drive will be detoured Thursday, September 29, beginning at 7 p.m. The roadway will reopen at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 30.

Foote Drive traffic will be detoured west on Grandview Drive, then north on Skyline Drive and east on Sawtelle Street.

The work is part of the widening and reconstruction project on Grandview Drive from Skyline Drive to Saturn Avenue.

The reconstruction and widening of Grandview Drive from Skyline Drive to Saturn Avenue began August 1.  This federally-funded project will provide roadway improvements including the reconstruction of the roadway, widening of Grandview Drive to five lanes, a 12ft wide shared use pathway on the south side of the roadway, and a sidewalk on the north side of the roadway between Skyline Drive and Saturn Avenue.

Motorists should watch for equipment and workers, follow all traffic signs and flaggers, and reduce speeds to posted limits.

For questions, call Public Works at (208) 612-8250.

Additional information on City of Idaho Falls construction projects can be found on the homepage of the city’s website or by clicking HERE.

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry Hammon.

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About Idaho Falls:  Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous national park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, science & technology, shopping and entertainment, Idaho Falls is an attractive location for small and large businesses alike. Idaho Falls consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more on our website.

17th Street and Hitt Road Intersection Construction

Idaho Falls, ID – The roadway just east of the intersection of 17th Street and Hitt Road will be under construction the night hours of Tuesday, September 27 and Wednesday, September 28. There will be lane restrictions through the intersection.

Intermountain Gas will be installing a new line across 17th Street east of Hitt Road (near the Sand Creek Bridge in Ammon) which will require lane restrictions from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on both nights.

Motorists should use caution, watch for equipment and workers, follow all traffic signs and flaggers, and reduce speeds to posted limits. For questions or concerns, call Idaho Falls Public Works at (208) 612-8250.

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry Hammon.

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About Idaho Falls:  Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous national park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, science & technology, shopping and entertainment, Idaho Falls is an attractive location for small and large businesses alike. Idaho Falls consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more on our website.