BOISE, ID - The Cloverdale Road overpass bridge over Interstate 84 in west Boise will remain closed indefinitely following a fiery crash on the freeway late Saturday evening, according to the Idaho Transportation Department.
“The fire significantly damaged a section of the overpass. ITD inspectors have evaluated the damage and determined the bridge is not safe to travel on,” said ITD spokesman Jake Melder. “The bridge will remain closed until full repairs can be made. ITD has assessed it is safe for traffic traveling underneath the bridge on I-84.”
ITD officials say they will develop an emergency contract to make repairs as quickly as possible.
“At this time, the department plans to remove and replace the damaged section. This is expected to take several months to complete,” Melder said.
ITD plans to release details of the schedule, the cost, and impact the repairs will have on traffic as they are developed.
The closure is causing frustration for drivers and residents in the Walden Pond neighborhood because there aren't any signs that tell drivers the overpass is closed as drivers head south off of Franklin Road.
"This is dangerous there are so many people that get down here and they are mad," said a neighbor. "I think they should just have a sign that the bridge is closed indefinitely and let the public know."