BLISS, Idaho (KLIX)- Work on a 12 mile stretch of Interstate 84 between Bliss and Wendell will start on the 1st of August. According to Idaho Transportation Department officials the resurfacing project should take three months to complete. The project will get rid of cracking and rutting to improve the smoothness and make the roadway last longer.

On Monday, August 1, the Tuttle ramp, Exit 147, will have restricted access for minor repairs. the westbound ramps will be closed Monday and then the eastbound ramps on Tuesday.

On August 3 work will start on crossovers to get them ready for when the main part of the project that is expected to begin mid-August. ITD says drivers should expect lane closures.

Once work begins on the resurfacing project lanes will be restricted down to just two in each direction, along with reduced speeds of 65 mph.

Knife River Corporation Northwest, of Boise, is the contractor for the $5.6 million project. According to the contractor’s schedule, the paving work is expected to be complete by the end of October.