An upcoming change to the Pocatello area was marked by a groundbreaking on Thursday January 18, 2018. Wearing their business suits and hard hats, the Northgate Interchange partners with their golden shovels dug out the first dirt of the Northgate project.
Connecting Siphon Road and Olympus Drive to I-15, the Northgate Interchange will be one of the biggest public-private business partnerships in Idaho.
“I just want to thank the landowners for all (their) hard work and for (their) desire to see what’s best for our community,” Mayor Brian Blad said. “It’s been amazing to work with them and to see the landowners work together and with our landowners. It’s been incredible.”
The project partnerships include the cities of Chubbuck and Pocatello, Bannock County, the Idaho Transportation Department, the Portneuf Development and Millennial Development of Utah. The official contract was signed by all parties. This set in motion the design plans for the interchange. Preparations also began for connecting the roads motivated by both cities and the county.
“This is something that this community has worked on for decades,” said Bannock County Commissioner Evan Frasure. “It’s nice to see us at this stage of the program. We’re building it now and that’s an exciting thing. This will kick off a dream that a lot of us have worked at for a long time.”
The Northgate project includes plans for commercial business, technology parks and retail shopping centers with residential homes, condos and apartments. This project has been in the works for years and everyone involved assures its success. Northgate is hoped to have a positive impact on the Pocatello/Chubbuck area and all those cities have to offer.
“We want to create a multi-generational change here where your kids can grow up and go to their great schools, great colleges and take up great paying jobs,” Swany said. “And stay here with you living in the shadows of the mountains they grew up in.”
Spring of 2018 is when construction of the project is hoped to commence. -from Idaho State Journal