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Interstate 84 Widening Project In Canyon County Gets $90.2 Million Federal Grant

Mike Ensor

The infrastructure project to widen part of Interstate 84 through Canyon County received a major federal grant from the Department of Transportation.

The effort to expand the roughly three-mile stretch of I-84 between Nampa’s Franklin Boulevard and Karcher Road is getting $90.2 million in grant funding. The money comes from the Transportation Department’s Infrastructure for Rebuilding America program.

The project, which is slated to start construction in the fall, will add an extra travel lane and auxiliary lanes in each direction of I-84 between the two exits. The grant will cover the majority of the $150 million price tag for upgrading the roadway. The difference will be funded by monies from the General Fund Surplus, a segment of the Cigarette Tax that goes to transportation and other state sources.

During a ceremony Wednesday morning, Governor Butch Otter said improving the corridor through Canyon and Ada counties will help get Idaho products to market faster and safer.

The shoulders of I-84 will be turned into temporary lanes between Karcher and Franklin for the duration of construction. Officials say two lanes of travel during peak commuting hours will remain open as the widening project is undertaken.

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