Gov. C.L. �Butch� Otter joined citizens, business leaders and government officials in October to open the new lanes on Interstate 84 between the Garrity and Meridian interchanges. The project will improve safety, reduce congestion and create career-path jobs to stimulate the state�s economy.

The project widened and reconstructed six miles of I-84 by adding a third lane in each direction and preparing the highway for a fourth lane that will open in 2011. The $113-million project, which started last year, was funded through federal bonds and is estimated to have created or sustained 2,000 jobs. The third lanes from the Meridian Interchange to the Ten Mile Overpass opened in August.

The I-84 Garrity to Meridian widening, which began in 2006 and is expected to finish in 2011, is one of 13 projects to modernize I-84 from Nampa to east Boise.

Idaho Sand & Gravel and Knife River are the contractors.