The Idaho Transportation Department is seeking public comment on potential improvements to the Pocatello Avenue and I-86 Business Loop intersection in American Falls.

An open house is being held at the American Falls City Hall, 550 N. Oregon Trail, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in American Falls. Idaho Transportation Department staff will be available to provide information on the project and answer questions.

The transportation department is considering two alternatives to improve the intersection. One alternative involves installing a signal at the intersection. The second alternative involves building a roundabout with bypass lanes. Signalizing the intersection would be less expensive than installing a roundabout. However, there would be on-going power and maintenance costs associated with the signal. A roundabout would not have on-going maintenance costs associated with a signalized intersection, and would allow traffic to move through the intersection continuously.

Those with questions about the open house or project can contact Dan Harelson at or 208-239-3377. Comments are being taken through Nov. 20 and can be emailed to or mailed to: Dan Harelson, Idaho Transportation Department District 5 Office, 5151 S. Fifth Ave., Pocatello, ID 83204.

Comments also can be left through an online, interactive map at:

The I-86 Business Loop also is known as the State Highway 39 Bypass.