Skip to content

District 2

District 2

Overview

North-Central Idaho

d2_us95hazcrkpinehrst267x200District 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.


Contacts
District 2 Phone: (208) 799-5090
District 2 Fax: (208) 799-4301
Office of Communication Contact:
Megan Sausser (208) 772-1295
jan-vassar
Jan Vassar
Board Member
(208) 743-5093
dave-kuisti
Dave Kuisti
District Engineer
Email Dave

Construction List

2018 Highway Construction in North-Central Idaho

US-12: Tumble Creek to Saddle Creek Road

  • Flaggers will facilitate alternating, one-way traffic through the construction zone. Travelers can expect reduced speeds and 15 minute delays.
  • Construction will start in June or July and last between three and four months.
  • Knife River will resurface 26 miles of the highway for $5.6 million.
  • To learn more, visit the US-12 project website.

US-12: Warm Springs Pack Bridge to Montana State Line

  • Flaggers will facilitate alternating, one-way traffic through the construction zone. Travelers can expect reduced speeds and 15 minute delays.
  • Construction will start in May or June and last between three and four months.
  • Knife River will resurface 23 miles of the highway for $7.3 million.
  • To learn more, visit the US-12 project website.

US-12: Maggie Creek Bridge

  • A signal will facilitate alternating, one-way traffic through the construction zone. Travelers can expect reduced speeds and short delays.
  • Construction will begin in June and end in November.
  • Braun-Jensen Inc. will replace the bridge for $1.5 million.
  • To learn more, visit the US-12 project website.

US-12: Fish Creek Bridge

  • A signal will facilitate alternating, one-way traffic through the construction zone. Travelers can expect reduced speeds and short delays.
  • Construction will begin in June and end in October.
  • Concrete Placing Company will replace the bridge for $2.1 million.
  • To learn more, visit the US-12 project website.

US-12: Valley Drive Turn Bays

  • Travelers can expect periodic single-lane closures and alternating, one-way traffic.
  • Construction will start during late summer and last for two months.
  • No contractor has been selected at this time.
  • Crews will construct opposing left-turn lanes at Valley Drive just east of Kamiah for both eastbound and westbound motorists. A right-turn lane will be constructed at Valley Drive for eastbound motorists. The existing gravel approach onto Front Street just south of Valley Drive will be eliminated.
  • To learn more, visit the US-12 project website.

US-12: Lewiston Concrete Grinding

  • At least one lane of traffic in each direction will remain open.
  • Construction will begin June 2018 and last until mid-August.
  • Acme Concrete Paving Inc. will grind, repair broken concrete slabs and reseal the joints on the concrete section of the highway in Lewiston. The highway work will be between the Clearwater Memorial Bridge and the Rose Garden. Work, along with a similar project on US-95 in Moscow, will be completed for $1.2 million.
  • June 12, 2018 news story

US-95: Lewiston and Moscow Concrete Grinding

  • At least one lane of traffic in every direction will remain open for traffic through these multilane sections of highway. Lanes will be closed one lane at a time.
  • Construction will occur during the summer of 2018 when the University of Idaho is on break.
  • Acme Concrete Paving Inc. will grind, repair broken concrete slabs and reseal the joints on two concrete sections of the highway in Lewiston and Moscow. The highway work will be between the Clearwater Memorial Bridge and the Rose Garden in Lewiston and on Jackson Street in Moscow. Work will be completed for $1.2 million.

US-95: Four Mile Creek Bridge

  • A signal will facilitate alternating, one-way traffic through the construction zone.
  • Construction will begin in May and last until mid-summer.
  • N.A. Degerstrom Inc. will replace the Four Mile Creek Bridge near Viola for $1.4 million. The bridge was built in 1949 and is structurally deficient.

US-95: Moscow Concrete Grinding

  • At least one lane of traffic will remain open.
  • Construction will begin June 2018 and last until mid-August.
  • Acme Concrete Paving Inc. will grind, repair broken concrete slabs and reseal the joints on the concrete section of the highway, also known as Jackson Street, in Moscow. Work, along with a similar project in Lewiston, will be completed for $1.2 million.
  • June 12, 2018 news story

ID-3: Bear Ridge Grade

  • Flaggers will facilitate alternating, one-way traffic through the construction zone. Travelers can expect reduced speeds and 15 minute delays.
  • Construction will begin in May and last for approximately three months.
  • To learn more about the project, read this news story about ID-3 repairs.
  • Knife River will repair and resurface the roadway for $3.3 million. A landslide caused damage in the spring of 2017 and was repaired in January 2018.

ID-6: Creek Culvert

  • A signal will facilitate alternating, one-way traffic through the construction zone.
  • Construction is expected to start in June and last throughout the summer.
  • T. LaRiviere Equipment and Excavation will replace the culvert over an unnamed creek on ID-6 about 10 miles north of the Latah County / Benewah County line. Although the culvert is in District 1, District 2 will oversee construction of this $900,000 project.

ID-11: Creek Culvert

  • Traffic will be limited to one lane during construction with flaggers and signals to guide traffic.
  • Construction will begin during late summer.
  • ITD contractors will replace the box culvert over Texas Creek near Weippe.

ID-14: Creek Culvert

  • A signal or flaggers will be used to allow alternating, one-way traffic.
  • Construction is expected to start in July or August and last into the fall.
  • Contractors will replace a pipe on Moose Creek near Elk City with a bottomless arch pipe to improve fish passage. Work will be completed for $500,000 with funding from the Nez Perce Tribe and the U.S. Forest Service.

ID-62: Craigmont to Nez Perce

  • Flaggers will facilitate alternating, one-way traffic through the construction zone. Travelers can expect reduced speeds and 15 minute delays.
  • Construction will start in April and last for approximately two months.
  • Knife River will resurface the highway between Craigmont and Nez Perce for $1.7 million.
  • News story from April 11, 2018

Bridge Repairs

  • Fourteen bridges will be repaired by Braun-Jensen Inc. for $2.2 million throughout the district.
  • A signal or flaggers will be used to allow alternating, one-way traffic over the bridges for the duration of construction activities.
  • Construction is expected to start in May and last until mid-summer.
    • US-95 bridges: over Salmon River at McKenzie and Award bridges
    • ID-7 bridge: over Clearwater River at Orofino Bridge
    • ID-8 bridges: over the South Fork of Potlatch River and Ruby Creek
    • ID-11 bridges: over Orofino Creek, Canal Creek, Quartz Creek and Reeds Creek
    • ID-14 bridges: over Meadow Creek, Silver Creek and Newsome Creek
    • ID-64 bridge: over Long Hollow Creek

Sealcoats

  • To preserve pavement, ITD contractors will apply sealcoats to several routes. Although the contract has not been awarded, Knife River Corporation is the low bidder at $1.4 million.
  • Pilot cars will guide traffic through work zones. Travelers can expect reduced speeds and delays.
  • Sealcoats are scheduled to begin in June or July and end by early September.
    • ID-8: Moscow to Troy
    • ID-8: Deary to Bovill
    • ID-11: Greer to the top of Greer Grade
    • ID-11: Weippe to Grangemont Road

US-95 near the Clearwater River Casino and Lodge

  • Morgan Industries will construct a concrete island to improve safety at the west exit of the casino by preventing drivers from making left turns onto the highway.
  • Work will start in April and last for two weeks.
  • During construction, the west entrance will be closed, and traffic will be detoured to the east entrance.
  • Work will be completed for $24,500.

News

US-12 closed Friday night near Fish Creek Bridge

August 7, 2018
The closure is scheduled to last 12 hours.
Read More

Rattlesnake Creek Fire near Riggins sparks partnership

August 7, 2018
Speeds are reduced in the area due to low visibility and increased truck traffic.
Read More

IDFG helps ITD preserve Lochsa swimmers

August 7, 2018
This partnership protects species of concern and saves state resources.
Read More

Rafting company becomes partner in US-12 construction

August 6, 2018
A daytime shuttle will provided for bicyclists through the longer work zones, courtesy of this innovative partnership.
Read More

US-12 to be closed near Fish Creek Bridge within the next week

August 3, 2018
At this time the date and the duration of the full closure is unknown.
Read More

ITD to close ID-13 near Harpster Thursday night for crane removal

July 31, 2018
The closure is anticipated to last until Friday morning.
Read More

Updated schedule released for north-central Idaho sealcoats

July 16, 2018
Crews will work on ID-11 from Weippe to Grangemont Road this week.
Read More

Highway sealcoats to take place this July throughout north-central Idaho

July 3, 2018
Sections of ID-8 and ID-11 will be sealcoated this month.
Read More
1 2 3 4

Projects

US-95: Potlatch Bridges Project AreaITD held an open house in February 2018 to share proposed improvements with the public. Proposed improvements will improve safety on US-95 by replacing two aging bridges and by adding turn lanes at two intersections near Potlatch.

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

Contact:
Kerby Kirkham – Email:Kerby.Kirkham@itd.idaho.gov.


Deep Creek Bridge
Deep Creek Bridge

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.


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.

This project will realign a section of US-95 to improve safety. With help from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the department evaluated many alternatives for the new highway alignment, including western, central and eastern routes. The final eastern route (E2) was chosen after a multi-year environmental review process. ITD received a Record of Decision (ROD) from FHWA in March of 2016 that gave ITD the authority to begin final design and to purchase land.

A legal motion was brought against FHWA and ITD regarding the Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision for this project. In August 2017, the U.S. District Court for Idaho ruled against the motion in favor of FHWA and ITD. In January 2018, an appeal to the ruling was filed in the ninth circuit court. The deadline for ITD and FHWA to comment on the appeal is March 31, 2018.

ITD does not anticipate a decision until sometime later this year and will continue with the right-of-way process. The department expects to complete final design plans this spring.

To learn more about the project, please visit this website:

US 95, Thorncreek Road to Moscow, Stage 1

Public Meeting MaterialsU.S. 12 and 21st Street Intersection Project Public Meeting
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:

Project Description
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.

Project Background
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.

Contact
Curtis Arnzen, ITD Project Development Engineer, District 2
(208) 799-5090 – Curtis.Arnzen@itd.idaho.gov

Accessibility | Title VI | Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance

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.

TTY/TDD Users: Dial 711 or (800) 377-3529 to use Idaho Relay System

New Revenue Projects

Report

Completed Projects

North-Central Idaho: Construction Completed in 2017

Arrow Bridge to Big Canyon CreekCOMPLETE: 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.

COMPLETE: 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.

COMPLETE: 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.

US-95/ID-8 project-related letter to the editor

Holes Creek Bottomless ArchCOMPLETE: 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.


Peasley Creek Bottomless ArchCOMPLETE: 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.

Contacts | Services

District 2 Phone: (208) 799-5090

District 2 Fax: (208) 799-4301


Idaho Transportation Department – District 2 Office
Mail Address: P.O. Box 837, Lewiston, ID 83501
Location: 2600 Frontage Rd, Lewiston, ID 83501


Media Contact: Megan Sausser, Phone: (208) 772-1295
 

For application forms go to ITD Form Finder and then search for “EncroachmentUtility Permits Video

Encroachment Application Office Locations & Contacts

Regional LocationOffice HoursEmailCounties & Contact Information
North Idaho - District 1
600 West Prairie Avenue
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815
7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific TimeEmail: Stacy.Simkins@itd.idaho.govCounties: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Shoshone - Stacy Simkins, 208-772-1297
North-Central Idaho - District 2
2600 Frontage Rd
Lewiston, ID 83501
7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific TimeEmail: Shane.Niemela@itd.idaho.govCounties: Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce - Shane Niemela, 208-799-4239
Southwest Idaho - District 3
8150 Chinden Boulevard
Boise, ID 83714
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time
Payments are not accepted after 3:00 p.m.
Payment Phone Line:
208-332-7187
Email: ITDD3Permits@itd.idaho.govCounties: Ada, Elmore, Gem, Boise, Valley - Shona Tonkin, 208-334-8341

Counties: Canyon, Adams, Owyhee, Payette, Washington - Tyson McCoy, 208-338-8335
South-Central Idaho - District 4
216 South Date Street
Shoshone, ID 83352
8:00 a.m to 5:00 pm Mountain TimeEmail: Deb.Pierson@itd.idaho.govCounties: Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Twin Falls - Deb Pierson, 208-886-7839
Southeast Idaho - District 5
5151 S. 5th Ave
Pocatello, ID 83204-2202
8:00 a.m to 5:00 pm Mountain TimeEmail: D5EncroachmentPermits@itd.idaho.govCounties: Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, Power - Robert Erdman, 208-239-3323
East Idaho - District 6
206 North Yellowstone
Rigby, ID 83442
8:00 a.m to 5:00 pm Mountain TimeCounties: Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Teton, Madison - 208-745-5686
Idaho Transportation Department Headquarters - Boise, IDUtility Permits
Email: Barbara.Waite@itd.idaho.gov

Sign Permits
Email: Justin.Pond@itd.idaho.gov
Barbara Waite, 208-334-8522


Justin Pond, 208-334-8832

Roadway Sign Request Contacts

Accessibility | Title VI | Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance

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.

TTY/TDD Users: Dial 711 or (800) 377-3529 to use Idaho Relay System