U.S. 95 - Wyoming Avenue to Ohio Match Road
Intersection U.S. 95 and Lancaster Road – looking west
Project No.: NH 5110(137)
Key Number: 8065
The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) proposes to improve approximately 5.35 miles of U.S. 95 from Wyoming Avenue to Ohio Match Road just north of Hayden, Idaho in Kootenai County. The project includes constructing a four-lane divided highway from the existing four-lane divided section north of Wyoming Avenue through to the existing four-lane undivided section north of Ohio Match Road. The project also includes replacing the existing at-grade intersection at Lancaster Road and U.S. 95 with an interchange.
U.S. 95 is a high volume highway with average daily traffic of about 20,000 vehicles per day in the vicinity of Wyoming Avenue. The existing two-lane segment of the highway is nearing capacity. Traffic on cross streets in this area experience large delays waiting to turn onto or cross U.S. 95. Growth rates throughout Kootenai County have been very high over the last several years and the City of Hayden is experiencing significant growth and development that will add to the traffic volumes and concerns.
The U.S. 95 Wyoming Avenue to Ohio Match Road project will develop a widened highway that will serve much higher traffic volumes. The interchange at Lancaster Road will accommodate larger traffic volumes desiring to access U.S. 95.
ITD has included the City of Hayden, the Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization, Kootenai County, and the Lakes Highway District as well as local developers and property owners in its discussions concerning the project. A public meeting was held on February 9, 2006 to present information on the project and to receive public comment.
The original Concept Report for this project recommended replacing the existing two-lane section of U.S. 95 with a four-lane divided section.
Three alternatives have been identified for the Lancaster Road interchange; a roundabout, a tight diamond, and a single point urban interchange. Each of these alternatives will be analyzed to determine how they will serve the design year traffic as well as for cost comparisons and right-of-way implications.
U.S. 95 will either be elevated over Lancaster Road or lowered below Lancaster Road. Both of these alternatives will be analyzed to determine bridge type, environmental impacts, and cost comparisons.
Access points to U.S. 95 near the interchange will be analyzed to determine how best to provide access while providing highway operations. Access to U.S. 95 will be controlled as a part of this project. Some direct points to U.S. 95 will be removed and property owners will have alternate access on local roads including Government Way and new frontage roads provided for this purpose.
Idaho Transportation Department,
District 1 - Public Affairs
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