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.
For more local news, follow the KBSX newsroom on Twitter @KBSX915
Copyright 2017 Boise State Public Radio