BOISE, Idaho – Residents of Caldwell can expect traffic and parking disruptions around the Darigold facility after a fire earlier this month.
Darigold says he expects increased traffic jams and parking difficulties in the area. There are currently over 200 contractors working on site, meaning there could be as many as 150-200 additional cars and light trucks on the streets around the facility. There may also be construction trailers, semi-trucks and other heavy machinery.
Crews are working 24 hours a day, six days a week to expedite clean-up, site reclamation and post-fire damage assessment. The company says it expects the current pace of work to continue for the immediate future.
“The Town of Caldwell fully supports Darigold’s rebuilding efforts and the necessary steps it will take to completely rebuild its factory and bring it back to full capacity. We are their partner and we are by their side. We will help them in any way possible to achieve their construction more effectively and efficiently. We could consider street closures and perhaps the use of public rights of way to ensure the safety of the public and those involved in the reconstruction process. We wish them the best in their rebuilding process and are here to support them in any way we can, ”said Mayor Garret Nancolas.
Albany Street between N. 4th Avenue and N. 7th Avenue is currently closed to traffic. The best alternative routes include N. 4th Avenue and N. Kimball Avenue.
“We have dozens of farmer-owners and over 100 Caldwell employees whose livelihoods depend on this processing facility, and we are committed to maintaining a processing facility in Caldwell after the recent fire. We are working tirelessly to speed up the process of site stabilization and damage assessment so that we can begin to rebuild, and we know this presents disruption and inconvenience to our neighbors in Caldwell. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and ask for the patience of the community as we work to restore this long-standing Caldwell asset, ”said Chris Arnold, Communications Manager at Darigold.
The Caldwell Darigold plant processes 1.3 million pounds of milk daily from dozens of farms in the region. It operates one of the largest butter churns in the county and employs over 100 Caldwell residents.
No one was injured in the fire and affected employees will be offered jobs at other facilities. The Caldwell Fire Marshal’s Office says the damaged area is localized and most likely repairable.