Boise - Cole Road between Franklin Road and Barrister Drive will be closed from May 17th to July 12th as part of the Cole Road, I-84 to Franklin project. Changeable message boards have been placed in advance of all four legs of the intersection to notify drivers of this upcoming change. Businesses will remain open, but some access points have changed. Signs will be present to help drivers find the appropriate routes to businesses during this closure. The map below illustrates some of the alternative routes motorists may consider using during this time.
Why close the road?
An evaluation was made of the amount of space available in the intersection while still maintaining travel lanes on Franklin Road, and it was determined there was not adequate room to safely place equipment and pour the concrete paving on the northern portion of Franklin Road and North Cole Road. If North Cole had remained open, traffic on Franklin Road would have been significantly impacted and the intersection would experience substantial delays. Therefore, in order to maintain a safe work zone and to keep traffic on Franklin Road moving, the road needed to close.
North Cole Road was always expected to close for a period of time to allow for work on the railroad crossing, and in order to prevent multiple closures, the decision was made to keep the road closed for longer in order to build the improvements for North Cole and the northern side of Franklin. Closing the road also has the added benefit of speeding up work in this area, thereby saving time in the overall construction schedule.