Phase one of the connector project that will be completed this fall includes construction of two travel lanes between south 5th Ave. and South Second Ave., minus the I-15 undercrossing, but including the tie-in road to South 2nd Ave. and the I-15 cross-over lanes. Phase one also includes construction of two travel lanes between Bannock Hwy and South 2nd Ave., plus the I-15 undercrossing, and the main bridge over the Portneuf River and Union Pacific Railroad tracks.
With the train track on the south end of Pocatello, sometimes it is held up by a train, for emergency responders that can be difficult in an emergency situation. Firefighters say with this new Cheyenne Connector, it should make it easier and quicker for them to respond on the south end of Pocatello.
"Huge difference for the people in the south end of town and how fast we can get to them and get help to them, and it really improves the speed in which we can have an engine actually make a fire attack,” says, Michael Williams, Assistant Chief Public Safety Pocatello Fire Department.
City engineer Deirdre Castillo says that phase 2 includes widening the roadway to four travel lanes and three bridges where I-15 is going to be two different bridges. The connector will ultimately end up coming out by the Community of Christ Church and linking to south Bannock Hwy.
"so that's going push us into two construction seasons,” says, Castillo.
The City Engineer says the interstate should remain open through the process of this phase of the project.
"I would just say that there would be minor detours or delays while we are in construction, but I don't see anything major,” added Castillo.
Castillo says that Right-of-way has been acquired for full build out and they have all agreements in place to move forward.
The project is expected to be completed in 2015.