Interstate 15 in Idaho

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This article is about the section of Interstate 15 in Idaho. For the entire route, see Interstate 15.

Interstate 15 marker

Interstate 15
Route information
Maintained by ITD
Length: 196.000 mi[1] (315.431 km)
Major junctions
West end: I‑15 at the Utah state line near Woodruff
 
East end: I‑15 at the Montana state line at Monida Pass
Location
Counties: Oneida, Bannock, Bingham, Bonneville, Jefferson, Clark
Highway system

State Highways in Idaho

SH-14 SH-16

Interstate 15 (I-15) is a part of the Interstate Highway System that runs from San Diego, California, to Sweetgrass, Montana. In Idaho, the Interstate Highway runs exactly 196 miles (315 km) from the Utah state line near Woodruff north to the Montana state line at Monida Pass. I-15 is the primary north–south highway of Eastern Idaho. The Interstate Highway connects Pocatello and Idaho Falls, the fourth and fifth largest cities in Idaho, and the smaller county seats of Malad City, Blackfoot, and Dubois. I-15 connects all of those cities with Salt Lake City to the south and Butte to the north. The Interstate has business loops through McCammon, Inkom, Pocatello, Blackfoot, and Idaho Falls.

Route description[edit]

I-15 is designated the Veterans Memorial Highway for its entire length in Idaho.

Woodruff to Pocatello[edit]

I-15 enters Oneida County from Box Elder County, Utah, south of the hamlet of Woodruff. The four-lane Interstate heads north parallel to the Union Pacific Railroad's Malad Subdivision rail line, a road named Old Highway 191, and the Malad River along the eastern edge of the wide Malad Valley adjacent to the Malad Range. I-15 has a diamond interchange with Woodruff Road at Woodruff and follows the western edge of Caribou National Forest. The highway passes just to the east of the county seat, Malad City, where the highway has a diamond interchange with the eastern end of Idaho State Highway 38 (SH 38). I-15 continues along Deep Creek to another diamond interchange with the western end of SH 36. From there, the Interstate follows the narrow valley of Devil Creek between the Bannock Range to the east and Elkhorn Mountain to the west. I-15 has one more diamond interchange in Oneida County next to Devils Creek Reservoir before the highway reaches Malad Summit, where the highway leaves the Great Salt Lake watershed and enters the Snake River watershed.

I-15 enters Bannock County and descends into the Marsh Valley, named for Marsh Creek, which the highway begins to parallel at its diamond interchange with SH 40, which heads east toward Downey. At a diamond interchange at the hamlet of Virginia, the Interstate begins to run concurrently with U.S. Route 91 (US 91) and parallel Union Pacific's Pocatello Subdivision rail line and Old Highway 91. I-15 and US 91 have diamond interchanges with Arimo Road just west of Arimo and with the southern end of I-15 Bus. south of McCammon. At the north end of McCammon, the Interstate reconnects with its business route and is joined by US 30. I-15 heads north through Indian Rocks State Park along a ridge between Marsh Creek to the west and the Portneuf River to the east, then crosses the Portneuf River just east of its confluence with Marsh Creek.

I-15 crosses over the rail line and Old Highway 91 as it curves west to follow the narrow valley of the Portneuf River between the Bannock Range to the south and the Pocatello Range to the north. The highway has partial interchanges with I-15 Bus. on either side of the tiny city of Inkom. I-15 begins to curve north at its four-ramp partial cloverleaf interchange with Old Highway 91 at Portneuf shortly before entering the city of Pocatello. US 30 and US 91 split off from the Interstate at the next interchange, a diamond interchange with Fifth Avenue that marks the southern end of Pocatello's I-15 Bus. I-15 veers away from the rail line and the Portneuf River, has a diamond interchange with Clark Street east of downtown Pocatello, and collects the other end of I-15 Bus. at its diamond interchange with Pocatello Creek Road. The Interstate leaves the city of Pocatello at its directional T interchange with I-86. I-15 passes along the eastern edge of the city of Chubbuck, which is accessed using I-86.

Pocatello to Monida Pass[edit]

I-15 continues north onto the Snake River Plain and into the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. The highway accesses the reservation's main settlement, Fort Hall, via a diamond interchange with Ross Fork Road on the Bannock–Bingham county line. I-15 has a four-ramp partial cloverleaf interchange with US 91, at which the highway crosses over Union Pacific's Montana Subdivision rail line, near the northern edge of the reservation; I-15 Bus. splits northeast with US 91 from this interchange. The Interstate curves northeast and crosses the Blackfoot River and begins to parallel the Snake River as it passes along the western edge of the city of Blackfoot. I-15 Bus. reconnects with I-15 at a diamond interchange with US 26 (Bridge Street), which runs concurrently with the Interstate leaving Blackfoot. The highway crosses the Snake River at the northern edge of the city. I-15 has a partial cloverleaf interchange near Rose before it crosses a pair of irrigation canals. The Interstate then travels across the eastern part of the Hell's Half Acre Lava Field ahead of its interchange with River Road, which provides access to Shelley east of the Snake River.

I-15 enters Bonneville County at its interchange with West 65th Street South near Woodville, which is simply given the destination of "Exit 113" northbound. US 26 and I-15 Bus. split off onto Sunnyside Road shortly before I-15 enters Idaho Falls. The Interstate has a five-ramp partial cloverleaf interchange with US 20 (Broadway Street), from which US 20 Bus. splits east concurrent with I-15 Bus., which returns to the mainline Interstate. I-15 and US 20 run concurrently to a four-ramp partial cloverleaf interchange where US 20 heads northeast as a freeway toward Rigby, Rexburg, and Yellowstone National Park. The Interstate heads north out of Idaho Falls parallel to the Montana Subdivision rail line, Old Highway 91, and the Snake River. I-15 enters Jefferson County just north of its diamond interchange with Osgood Road, and the freeway diverges from the Snake River at Roberts, where it has a diamond interchange with the western end of SH 48.

I-15 passes Market Lake Wildlife Management Area ahead of its diamond interchange with SH 23 at Sage Junction. The highway has a diamond interchange with Hamer Road at Hamer and briefly passes through the Camas National Wildlife Refuge and crosses Camas Creek, which flows into Mud Lake. I-15 follows a tributary of Camas Creek, Beaver Creek, into Clark County and its county seat of Dubois, where the Interstate meets the eastern end of SH 22 at a diamond interchange. North of Dubois, the freeway has a partial cloverleaf interchange with Sheep Station Road that serves the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station. I-15 continues along Beaver Creek through a diamond interchange at Spencer as the Interstate enters the Bitterroot Range. The Interstate enters Targhee National Forest and has diamond interchanges with Stoddard Creek Road and at Humphrey. I-15 reaches its northern end in Idaho at Monida Pass, where the highway crosses the Continental Divide into Beaverhead County, Montana.

Exit list[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
Oneida   0.000 0.000 I‑15 south (Veterans Memorial Highway) – Salt Lake City Southern terminus of I-15 in Idaho; Utah state line
Woodruff 2.54 4.09 3 Woodruff Road – Woodruff, Samaria
Malad City 12.888 20.741 13 SH-38 west – Malad
  16.55 26.63 17 SH-36 east (Deep Creek Road) – Weston, Preston
  21.523 34.638 22 Colton Lane – Devil Creek Reservoir
Bannock   30.884 49.703 31 SH-40 east (Woodland Road) – Downey, Preston
Virginia 35.900 57.775 36 US-91 south – Downey, Preston South end of concurrency with US-91
Arimo 40.462 65.117 40 Arimo Road – Arimo
  44.075 70.932 44 I‑15 Bus. north (Jensen Road) – McCammon
McCammon 47.164 75.903 47 I‑15 Bus. south / US-30 east – McCammon, Lava Hot Springs, Soda Springs, Montpelier South end of concurrency with US-30
Inkom 56.646 91.163 57 I‑15 Bus. north – Inkom Northbound exit, southbound entrance
57.694 92.849 58 I‑15 Bus. south – Inkom Southbound exit, northbound entrance
Portneuf 63.037 101.448 63 Portneuf Road – Portneuf Area
Pocatello 66.806 107.514 67 I‑15 Bus. north / US-30 west / US-91 north (Fifth Avenue) North end of concurrencies with US-30 and US-91
69.396 111.682 69 Clark Street
71.000 114.263 71 I‑15 Bus. south (Pocatello Creek Road) – Pocatello
Chubbuck 72.121 116.067 72 I‑86 west – Chubbuck, Twin Falls I-86 exits 63A-B
BannockBingham county line Fort Hall 79.903 128.591 80 Ross Fork Road – Fort Hall
Bingham   88.764 142.852 89 I‑15 Bus. north / US-91 – Blackfoot
Blackfoot 92.525 148.905 93 I‑15 Bus. south / US-26 west / SH-39 – Blackfoot, Arco, Aberdeen South end of concurrency with US-26
Rose 97.681 157.202 98 Lambert Road – Rose Firth
  107.990 173.793 108 River Road – Shelley Area
Bonneville Woodville 113.212 182.197 113 West 65th Street South – Shelley Signed destination is "Exit 113" northbound
Idaho Falls 115.890 186.507 116 I‑15 Bus. north / US-26 east (Sunnyside Road) – Ammon, Jackson North end of concurrency with US-26
118.543 190.776 118
I‑15 Bus. south / US-20 west / US-20 Bus. east (Broadway Street) – Historic Downtown, Arco
South end of concurrency with US-20
119.098 191.670 119 US-20 east (Rigby Highway) – Rigby, West Yellowstone, Idaho Falls, Airport North end of concurrency with US-20
  127.525 205.232 128 Osgood Road – Osgood Area
Jefferson Roberts 134.568 216.566 135 SH-48 east – Roberts, Rigby
Sage Junction 143.003 230.141 143 SH-33 – Mud Lake, Rexburg, Salmon
Hamer 149.609 240.772 150 Hamer Road – Hamer
Clark Dubois 167.038 268.822 167 SH-22 west / CR-A2 – Dubois
  171.974 276.765 172 Sheep Station Road Signed destination is "No Services"
Spencer 180.389 290.308 180 Spencer Road – Spencer
  184.407 296.774 184 Stoddard Creek Road – Stoddard Creek Area
Humphrey 189.857 305.545 190 Humphrey Road – Humphrey
Monida Pass 196.000 315.431 I‑15 north – Butte Northern terminus of I-15 in Idaho; Montana state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Business routes[edit]

I-15 has five Interstate business loops in Idaho:

  • Interstate 15 Business (McCammon, Idaho) has a length of 4.338 miles (6.981 km) through McCammon in central Bannock County. I-15 Bus. begins at I-15 Exit 44 along Jensen Road, then turns north and follows State Street to the city of McCammon. Just north of the city limits, the business route veers onto Center Street and follows that through the center of town. At the north end of the city, I-15 Bus. turns west and runs concurrently with US 30 to its northern end at I-15 Exit 47.
  • Interstate 15 Business (Inkom, Idaho) runs for exactly 1 mile (1.6 km) through Inkom in northern Bannock County. I-15 Bus. mostly follows Old Highway 91 between Exits 57 and 58, a pair of partial interchanges.
  • Interstate 15 Business (Pocatello, Idaho) spans 5.560 miles (8.948 km) through Pocatello in northern Bannock County. I-15 Bus. begins at I-15 Exit 67, where US 30 and US 91 also diverge from I-15. The business route and the U.S. Highways follow Fifth Street northwest. The routes split onto a one-way pair of Fifth Street northbound and Fourth Street southbound. The highways pass by Idaho State University and through downtown Pocatello. At the north end of downtown, I-15 Bus. and the U.S. Highways veer north and converge as Pocatello Avenue. US 30 turns west at Oak Street; the business route and US 91 continue north along Yellowstone Avenue. I-15 Bus. leaves US 91 when it turns east onto Alameda Road, which becomes Pocatello Creek Road when it veers northeast to the business route's terminus at I-15 Exit 71.
  • Interstate 15 Business (Blackfoot, Idaho) has a length of 4.802 miles (7.728 km) through Blackfoot in central Bingham County. I-15 Bus. begins at I-15 Exit 89 near the northern end of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation and follows US 91 northeast parallel to the Union Pacific Railroad. The highways cross the Blackfoot River into the city of Blackfoot along Broadway Street. In downtown Blackfoot, the routes veer onto Main Street, then I-15 Bus. turns northwest onto a one-way pair, Bridge Street northbound and Judicial Street southbound. The streets converge as Bridge Street, which the business route follows to its end at I-15 Exit 93. The roadway continues beyond the interchange as US 26 and immediately crosses the Snake River.
  • Interstate 15 Business (Idaho Falls, Idaho) runs for 3.409 miles (5.486 km) through Idaho Falls in western Bonneville County. I-15 Bus. begins at I-15 Exit 116, which is also where US 26 diverges from the Interstate. The business route and U.S. Highway follow Sunnyside Road across the Snake River to Yellowstone Avenue; this intersection forms the northern terminus of US 91. I-15 Bus. and US 26 follow Yellowstone Avenue northeast parallel to the Union Pacific Railroad into downtown Idaho Falls. At the intersection of Yellowstone Avenue and Broadway Street, I-15 Bus. turns northwest onto Broadway Street and runs concurrently with US 20 Bus. across another bridge over the Snake River to their mutual termini at I-15 Exit 118. The roadway continues west as US 20.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Milepoint Log - State Highway System - I-15" (PDF). Idaho Transportation Department. October 23, 2014. Retrieved 2015-03-01. 


Interstate 15
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Utah
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Montana