NAMPA -- Only one lane of westbound Interstate 84 is open between Nampa and Caldwell as emergency repairs continue on pothole damage that poses a safety risk to drivers.
The Idaho Transportation Department said the speed has also been reduced to 45 mph in the work zone.
On- and off-ramps are closed from Franklin Boulevard in Nampa to Franklin Road in Caldwell. ITD says to use Garrity Boulevard.
ITD said the goal is to have both lanes open as soon as possible, depending on the weather.
The lane was reopened Wednesday evening after that section was completely shut down to allow ITD crews to repair weather-related damage.
KTVB received multiple reports Wednesday from drivers about deep potholes in the area.
Reopening one lane of the interstate was delayed on Wednesday because of a crash. Idaho State Police dispatch said it was a single-vehicle rollover. It appears the driver was eastbound, went into the median and ended up in the westbound lanes.
The Caldwell Fire Department said one person was extricated and suffered serious injuries.
ITD officials say that during winter storms, the first priority of their crews is to clear snow and ice from the roadways.
Attention to potholes is a secondary duty for crews to fill them with temporary patching material but continued moisture quickly loosens and breaks the patches.
Only after the potholes are able to dry completely can a more durable patching material be used and be expected to last.
Traffic was detoured around the closed area at the Northside Boulevard Exit. Drivers were being routed back onto the interstate at the milepost 29 ramp.
Many drivers were unable to avoid the hazards Wednesday, some people ending up with flat tires and car damage.
Commercial Tires Service Manager Chris Firkus says that if you hit a big pothole you should get your car checked out right away.
"It can cause a lot of damage, anytime if you hit a really hard one it's better to come in and have it checked because it's better to be safe and have checked to make sure you didn't do any damage," said Firkus.
ITD says they were already aware of poor pavement conditions along that stretch of interstate, and had planned to rebuild it in 2018 and 2019. Due to the harsh winter conditions and further deterioration, however, the agency hopes to move that project to this summer.
Just saw FIVE, yes FIVE, cars on I84 East with flat tires because of all the potholes. DO NOT DRIVE ON I84 BETWEEN CALDWELL AND NAMPA— Joe Parris (@KTVBJoe) January 11, 2017
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