TRAFFIC ALERT: I-84 lane closures for new Cloverdale overpass, update on tort claims

Posted at 3:36 PM, Jan 27, 2019

BOISE, Idaho — Heads up to drivers who use I-84 between Boise and Meridian: ITD will be enforcing overnight lane closures this week to continue construction on the new Cloverdale overpass.

The first closures will go into effect at 9:00 p.m. Sunday night as construction begins on the bridge support piers.

Sunday night, crews will be blocking off the far left lanes in both directions along with the left shoulder. Nightly closures are expected through Friday.

"Crews have been making great time on this project, which is on a very accelerated schedule," said ITD Resident Engineer Jayme Coonce. "We appreciate the public's continued patience during these closures as we construct the improved bridge."

This is the same overpass that was damaged in a fiery crash last June, causing ITD to rebuild.

And, ironically, some are claiming ITD's road work is what caused that crash-- the one that took the lives of 4 people-- the one that damaged the original bridge that night.

In December, the families of the three Mountain Home airmen who died and the company that owned the semitrailer involved filed a notice of intent to sue ITD among others.

Attorneys say the construction zone didn't have enough signs and that drivers didn't have enough time to slow down before the lane closures.

The tort claims are not lawsuits at this point, but the claims will require a response from the listed defendants-- including ITD-- 90 days after their file date last month. We'll keep you updated.

For more information about the overpass project, click here.