District 2 covers just over 13,000 square miles of north-central Idaho and maintains 1,500 lane miles (lanes of road, on- and off-ramps, etc.) and 180 bridges.District 2 encompasses five counties, with diverse geology highlighted by the pristine Clearwater River, one of the most scenic rivers in the United States. It has robust populations of fish and wildlife, and is rich in history. The Middle Fork of the Clearwater River was one of the first rivers designated under the U.S. Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
District headquarters is at 2600 Frontage Road in Lewiston, where Dave Kuisti is district (head) engineer. Jan Vassar, of Lewiston, has represented District 2 on the Idaho Transportation Board since Jan. 2010.
Milling and paving on Idaho Highway 8 through Moscow will impact traffic, businesses for next week and a half
Open house for US-95: Potlatch Bridges Improvement
February 22, 2018, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Scenic 6 Depot
126 6th Street, Potlatch, ID 83855
The public is invited to attend an open house to learn more about the proposed safety improvements along US-95 near Potlatch.
Those who cannot attend the open house may email ITD project manager Kerby Kirkham at Kerby.Kirkham@itd.idaho.gov to comment.
Proposed improvements include:
- Replacing the Deep Creek Bridge
- Replacing the Washington-Idaho Railroad (WIR) Bridge
- Adding turn lanes at the junction of US-95 and ID-6
- Adding turn lanes at the junction of US-95 and Kennedy Ford Road
During the 2018 construction season, US-12 will get a $17 million facelift to revitalize aging infrastructure and to enhance safety throughout the corridor. Work on US-12 will include the replacement of two bridges and the resurfacing of more than 50 miles of the highway between Lowell and the Idaho-Montana border. Construction will likely begin as early as April and conclude as late as October 2018.
- For the latest updates and information, visit the US-12 Construction website and map or check 511.idaho.gov.
Delays through the four project work zones are expected to be at a minimum two hours.
Because the corridor is constrained within a narrow river canyon with numerous curves and limited passing opportunities, travelers are advised to expect major delays that could exceed the minimum expected wait times.
Work zones include:
- Tumble Creek and Saddle Camp Road (23 miles): June/July to October
- Springs Pack Bridge and the Idaho-Montana border (27 miles): May/June to October
- Fish Creek Bridge near Bald Mountain: April to October
- Maggie Creek Bridge near Kooskia: April to October
Throughout the corridor, travelers will experience a one-lane closure in each of the four construction zones. For each of the paving projects, flaggers and pilot cars will guide traffic through work areas. For the bridge replacements, portable signals will facilitate traffic movement.
Travelers on US-12 will experience construction delays upwards of two hours for the entire corridor, but after this construction-intense summer, ITD does not anticipate any major projects for another two to three years.
Public Meeting Materials
ITD held a public meeting on Dec. 14, 2016 to give the community an opportunity to learn about the project and give input on the preliminary design. Materials from the meeting included:
The Idaho Transportation Department is designing improvements to the intersection of U.S. 12 and 21st Street in downtown Lewiston. The improvements are expected to improve safety and traffic flow at this busy intersection.
The intersection of U.S. 12 and 21st Street serves as a gateway to downtown Lewiston and is an important regional trucking route. Congestion and delays at the intersection have continued to rise. In addition, the pavement has reached the end of its useful life.
In 2015, a traffic study was completed for several potential design options for the intersection. Each option was analyzed for potential delay times, traffic backups and how the option would help address congestion. The traffic study showed that realigning the intersection would reduce delays, improve sight distance and reduce the risk of crashes. ITD is now in the process of redesigning the intersection and preparing engineering documents for construction.
Activities and Schedule
Conducted traffic analysis study: Completed in 2015
Gather public comments: Winter 2016
Complete preliminary design plans: Spring 2017
Prepare final design plans: Fall 2017
Begin construction: Anticipated to begin in 2018/2019
ITD is committed to working with the community during this project. Comments from the public will help ITD design an intersection that serves the community. Comments, questions and ideas are welcome at any point in the project.
Curtis Arnzen, ITD Project Development Engineer, District 2
(208) 799-5090 – Curtis.Arnzen@itd.idaho.gov
The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is committed to compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all related regulations and directives. ITD assures that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any ITD service, program, or activity. The department also assures that every effort will be made to prevent discrimination through the impacts of its programs, policies, and activities on minority and low-income populations. In addition, the department will take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to services for persons with Limited English Proficiency.
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New Revenue Projects
North-Central Idaho: 2017 Highway Construction Projects (District 2)
US-12: Arrow Bridge to Big Canyon Creek
ITD contractor Knife River Corporation replaced 20 miles of asphalt on US-12 between Lewiston and Orofino. The project was completed between April and June 2017 for $5.3 million.
US-12/US-95: Lewiston to Spalding
To enhance the safety of the highway, ITD contractor Knife River Corporation resurfaced 12 miles of US-12/US-95 from Lewiston to Spalding between May and August 2017. The highway was resurfaced by recycling the existing base of the highway and combining it with cement. Although the project was bid at $9 million, ITD took advantage of low prices and advanced another project. The advanced project, which would have added another layer to the roadway seven years after the initial work was completed, increased the total cost of the highway work to $10.5 million.
US-95 and ID-8: Moscow Pavement Repairs
ITD contractor Poe Asphalt Paving Inc. replaced pavement along stretches of US-95 and ID-8 through Moscow. A rough winter in 2016 prompted ITD and the city of Moscow to complete the repairs one year earlier than anticipated. During construction, bicycle and pedestrian facilities were also improved. Work was completed between May and October 2017 for $3.9 million.
ID-62: Holes Creek
ITD contractor Crea Construction replaced the culvert at Holes Creek with a bottomless arch pipe in July 2017 for $422,000. The bottomless arch pipe will help fish travel upstream.
ID-14: Peasley Creek Fish Passage Project
For $465,000, ITD contractor M.L. Albright & Sons Inc. replaced the culvert at Peasley Creek with a bottomless arch pipe. The new bottomless arch pipe will allow fish to travel upstream.
Project Bid Information
Project Bidding Information
District 2 Phone: (208) 799-5090
District 2 Fax: (208) 799-4301
Office of Communication Contact: Megan Sausser, Phone: (208) 772-1295