Northgate Interchange opening friday

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon on Friday to open the new Interstate 15 Northgate interchange.

POCATELLO — The Idaho Transportation Department will hold a Grand Opening for the new Interstate 15 Northgate Interchange in Pocatello Friday (Dec. 6) at 11 a.m. The interchange will officially open to traffic that afternoon after the site is cleaned.

The Grand Opening will begin with a welcome from ITD District 5 Engineer Todd Hubbard. Comments will follow from Farhana Hibbert, regional director for Senator Mike Crapo, Buck Swaney, representing Millennial Development Partners, Bannock County Commissioner Steve Brown, Chubbuck Mayor Kevin England and Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad.

Following the brief ceremony, mayor Blad and mayor England will drive across the interchange deck.

The project is the result of a unique public-private partnership, the first of its kind in Idaho. Just three years after the agreement was signed, the interchange is complete and ready to open.

The total project, which provides a new entrance to northeast Pocatello and adjacent Chubbuck, represents an investment of roughly $31 million, including connecting roads and infrastructure.