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Instead of repairing Cloverdale overpass, ITD will construct new replacement bridge

Officials say the ITD board passed a resolution to allow staff to design and construct a replacement bridge on Cloverdale Rover over Interstate-84. (KBOI Staff Photo)

The Idaho Transportation Department, rather than replacing a damaged section of the Cloverdale overpass, will instead move to replace the bridge in its entirety.

Officials say the ITD board passed a resolution to allow staff to design and construct a replacement bridge on Cloverdale Road over Interstate-84. Last weekend, four people died in a multiple-vehicle crash under the overpass that involved two semi trucks.

The bridge is expected to cost between $6-$8 million and could take up to a year to build.

"Repairing the damage would have cost one to one-and-a-half million dollars," said Board Member Julie DeLorenzo. "That investment on an aged bridge that is inadequate for today's traffic and pedestrian needs is not a good use of taxpayer funds."

The replacement bridge will include four travel lanes, standard shoulders and pedestrian facilities to tie in to Ada County Highway District's master plan for Cloverdale. It will have a higher clearance over I-84 and be built to accommodate a future fifth lane expansion of the Interstate below.

The crash killed three Airmen from Mountain Home Air Force Base and a truck driver from New York.

This story will be updated.

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