Write Now: Caldwell Chamber Of Commerce Encouraging Letters To Lawmakes For Interstate Expansion

Mar 6, 2017

The Caldwell Chamber of Commerce is asking residents to write to state and federal officials and lobby them to expand I-84.
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The Caldwell Chamber of Commerce is encouraging residents and business owners to write to lawmakers calling for the expansion of I-84.

The Chamber wants a 10-mile stretch between Franklin Boulevard in Nampa and the Franklin Road in Caldwell widened beyond the current 2 lanes in each direction.

Local leaders tell KTVB miles of traffic backups are hurting established businesses and scaring away new ones from setting up shop in the area.

The Idaho Transportation Department estimates the cost of expanding the 10-mile section of I-84 to be $330 million or more. The agency says for all bridge and road maintenance statewide they have just $300 million to work with. ITD and the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho are working together to find grant funding for the I-84 expansion.

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