The city of Idaho Falls is moving forward with plans to expand the intersection of 17th Street and Woodruff Avenue.
The City Council voted unanimously Thursday to approve buying the rights of way and easements on 16 parcels at the intersection. Ninety-three percent of the project's cost will be covered by Federal Highway Administration funds administered by the Idaho Transportation Department, the rest by the city. Councilman Tom Hally said the upgrades would make the intersection similar to the intersection of 17th Street and Hitt Road.
"For those that have driven that intersection, it'll be a real positive," Hally said.
Editor's note: Most of the funding for the project, while administrated by the Idaho Transportation Department, will come from the Federal Highway Administration. This article has been corrected to reflect that.