Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Memorial Drive to be completely closed starting Friday

Memorial Drive will be closed completely to traffic Friday, to allow for final grading and paving and completion of a roundabout.

The project, which started July 8, is expected to be completely open to traffic by Nov. 5. In the last few weeks of construction, the road will be completely closed between Broadway and F Street, including the intersection with Riverside Drive.

With winter at hand and the road construction season coming to an end, the expanded construction schedule and brief closing ought to allow for the work to be finished before the ground freezes, Idaho Falls City Engineer Kent Fugal said.

When finished, traffic on Memorial will be one lane each way, with landscaping designed to make foot traffic easier between downtown and the Idaho Falls Greenbelt. "We are very excited to see this project finished," Fugal said.