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I-39/Business 51 Interchange - Traffic impacts

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Basics

  • Construction currently scheduled for late summer 2014 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

Anticipated traffic impacts

  • Business 51 will be constructed in stages. The intent is to construct Business 51 while maintaining at least one lane of traffic in each direction. However, during construction of Business 51, short-term closures may be required and traffic would be detoured via alternate routes.
  • Business 51 will be closed after Labor Day 2014 to construct the Cedar Creek bridge.
  • Some short-term, temporary I-39 ramp closures may be required. Motorists will encounter lane closures or lane shifts on I-39.

2014 August through November - Construct Cedar Creek Bridge

  • I-39: no change in traffic patterns.
  • Business 51: Reduce traffic to one lane in each direction between Imperial Avenue and Eagle’s Nest Boulevard until Labor Day. Close Business 51 between Imperial Avenue to Eagle’s Nest Boulevard from Labor Day to Thanksgiving. Detour Business 51 traffic via Imperial Avenue, Stoney Rivers Drive, and Eagle’s Nest Boulevard.
  • Imperial Avenue and local roads: no change in traffic patterns except for the detour noted above

2015 April through June - Construct northbound Business 51 and interchange ramps

  • I-39: two lanes of traffic maintained in each direction using crossovers and temporary pavement.
  • I-39 ramps: traffic will be maintained on all ramps during construction, lane shifts and temporary pavement will be needed. Temporary night time closures may be required.
  • Business 51: Cedar Creek bridge is open; one lane of traffic is open in each direction on the southbound side of Business 51.
  • Imperial Avenue and local roads (Option 1: Staged Construction): Imperial Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction and traffic will be shifted to the westbound side while the eastbound side of Imperial Avenue is under construction. Short term closures may be needed.
  • Imperial Avenue and local roads (Option 2: Close Imperial Avenue): Imperial Avenue intersection will be closed. Detour traffic via Business 51, Eagle’s Nest Boulevard, and Stoney Rivers Drive.

2015 July through August - Finish northbound Business 51 and continue with ramps

  • I-39: two lanes of traffic maintained in each direction using crossovers and temporary pavement.
  • I-39 ramps: traffic will be maintained on all ramps during construction, lane shifts and temporary pavement will be needed. Temporary night time closures may be required.
  • Business 51: Cedar Creek bridge is open; one lane of traffic is open in each direction on the southbound side of Business 51.
  • Imperial Avenue and local roads (Option 1: Staged Construction): Imperial Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction and traffic will be shifted to the eastbound side while the westbound side of Imperial Avenue is under construction. Short term closures may be needed.
  • Imperial Avenue and local roads (Option 2: Close Imperial Avenue): Imperial Avenue is open, no change in traffic patterns.

2015 September through November - Construct southbound Business 51

  • I-39: two lanes of traffic in each direction using crossovers and temporary pavement.
  • I-39 ramps: traffic will be maintained on all ramps during construction, lane shifts and temporary pavement will be needed. Temporary night time closures may be required.
  • Business 51: Cedar Creek bridge is open; one lane of traffic is open in each direction on the northbound side of Business 51.
  • Imperial Avenue and local roads: no change in traffic patterns.

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Last modified: June 6, 2013

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