Multi-year construction project underway to improve US-95 and ID-53

A truck crosses the railroad bridge on ID-53 just west of US-95.

Construction is underway on Idaho Highway 53, reducing the highway to one lane with flaggers on scene as crews widen the shoulders between US-95 and Ramsey Road.

Lane closures are expected during the day for approximately two weeks, and trees west of US-95 will also be removed to accommodate a new alignment for ID-53.

This is the beginning of construction to reconfigure several roadways near the current US-95 junctions with ID-53 and Garwood Road north of Hayden, with project completion planned for fall 2021.

Work in August includes the installation of a temporary signal at ID-53 and Ramsey Road to help with extra traffic during later detours. Signal installation is scheduled to take a week, with intermittent lane closures and flaggers expected in the area at that time. A permanent signal will be placed in 2022 under a different project.

Following the temporary signal installation, traffic will be detoured in late August as the bridge over the railroad and the new interchange for US-95 and ID-53 are built, with work expected to end fall 2020.

View a video of the design for the US-95, ID-53 interchange.

Traffic on US-95 will not be impacted for the majority of construction, but traffic on ID-53 will be detoured around the bridge and interchange construction to Garwood Road via Old US-95.

In 2020 and 2021, frontage roads and an overpass at Garwood Road will be constructed. Total improvements, though not all awarded to contractors, are funded primarily with an estimated $41 million from the GARVEE program and another $13.9 million in federal aid.

Email updates are available by subscribing at itdprojects.org/us95id53.

Repairs begin next week to US-95 slide near Naples

US-95 Naples slide

Traffic on US-95 will be reduced to one lane as repairs to a slide near Naples start Monday, July 15.

Temporary signals and flaggers will control traffic over the next two months as crews excavate the existing slope and place rocks to improve drainage and stabilize the hill.

Work this week will improve Starlight Road for use during construction but will not affect US-95 traffic.

The hill slid onto the road in March 2017 and was captured on video by an ITD employee.

Watch the video.

Earlier improvements to the slide area included removing material, installing a barrier to catch debris and investigating subsurface conditions. Permanent repairs were designed and bid last fall, with construction timed this year to avoid springtime moisture and high water tables.

Read more about emergency repairs online at itdprojects.org/us95naplesslide.

Work on I-90 and US-95 begins this week

US-95 CDA FASTLANE

Two projects will begin this week in the Coeur d’Alene area.

  • Nighttime resurfacing of Interstate 90 between the state line and the Northwest Boulevard exit will eliminate rutting. Starting Wednesday night (July 10), drivers can expect single-lane closures on I-90, with the first lane closed in the eastbound direction. Ramps will be closed as they are repaved. Conditions will revert to normal during the day, with resurfacing lasting until September. More information is available atorg/statelineresurfacing.
  • A two-year project to maximize mobility on US-95 in CDA and Hayden will start today (July 8) with surveying of the adjacent path. Traffic impacts are not expected until the following week when ADA upgrades begin. Changes are funded by a $5.1 million federal grant with match money from ITD, the city of Coeur d’Alene and the city of Hayden to create uniform signal spacing and add capacity on side streets. Lane closures will be possible during turn lane construction, and turning/through movements will not be allowed at non-signalized intersections during and after curbed median installation. Pedestrians and bicyclists will be affected for most of the season with detours and closed crosswalks. Work this year is planned to end in November. More information, specifically on scheduling and pedestrian impacts, is available at org/us95intersections.

Travelers may subscribe for email updates on the US-95 intersections project online. Traffic impacts across the state are available at 511.idaho.gov.

ID-41 resurfacing between Oldtown and Blanchard begins July 15

Starting Monday, July 15 work will start to resurface approximately seven miles of ID-41 between Roberts Lane near Blanchard to Old Priest River Road near Oldtown. Nearly all permitted approaches will be paved during construction, which is planned to start in mid-July and end in August.

Crews will be on site during the day, with a pilot car leading alternating, one-way traffic. Flaggers will be stationed at each approach as work progresses. Both lanes of ID-41 will open at night when crews are not on site.

To learn more, visit itdprojects.org/id41blanchardoldtown.

Transportation department seeks public comment on planned projects in North Idaho

Aerial shot of I-90 near state line.

The Idaho Transportation Department is seeking public comment from July 2 – August 2 on the FY 2020-26 draft of the Idaho Transportation Investment Program (ITIP), and all transportation stakeholders are encouraged to participate.

The ITIP is a seven-year “roadmap” for planning and developing transportation projects, including:

  • Highways and bridges
  • Bicycle and pedestrian facilities
  • Highway safety
  • Railroad crossing safety
  • Airports
  • Public transportation
  • Transportation planning
  • Freight

The transportation department is offering an online, interactive map that allows users to choose specific project categories and learn about work that is planned for the area of Idaho they’re interested in. It’s called the Idaho Transportation Project Map.

View the draft ITIP and interactive map.

The draft ITIP document lists projects by highway route and location, identifies projected years for right-of-way acquisition, preliminary engineering, construction and estimated project costs. It also lists local construction projects that are federally funded.

The projects start in 2020, and go through 2026. Notable upcoming projects in North Idaho include:

As part of balancing the budget and the needs of the northern five counties, some project schedules were adjusted, including the redesign of the US-95/Lincoln Way/Walnut Avenue intersection in CDA. That project was delayed from 2021 to 2026.

Public comments will help the department determine if proposed projects meet the department’s three main objectives of improving safety, mobility and economic opportunity.

Production of the ITIP is a year-round process that relies on input from elected officials, citizens, tribal governments, other state and federal agencies, Idaho’s metropolitan planning organizations, the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council, and other interested organizations.

Comments can be e-mailed to adam.rush@itd.idaho.gov or mailed to ITIP – Comments, Attn: Adam Rush, P.O. Box 7129, Boise, ID  83707-1129. Paper or CD copies of the ITIP will be provided upon request by contacting Rush at (208) 334-8119 or by e-mail at adam.rush@itd.idaho.gov.

A request for a paper copy or CD also can be mailed to: Idaho Transportation Department, Adam Rush, P.O. Box 7129, Boise, ID  83707-1129.

A printed copy can be reviewed at any of ITD’s district offices in Coeur d’Alene, Lewiston, Boise, Shoshone, Pocatello and Rigby.

All comments on the draft will be reviewed after Aug. 2. After approval by the Idaho Transportation Board, the ITIP is submitted to the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Open house June 18 for safety improvements near McArthur Lake on US-95

The public is invited to an open house next Tuesday, June 18 to learn about safety improvements planned for US-95 near McArthur Lake south of Naples.

The meeting will last from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Naples Elementary (145 Schoolhouse Road), with members of the public welcome to attend at any time to ask questions and give comment.

Planned to start construction in 2022, improvements include reconstructing one mile of the highway to realign sharp curves and replace the culvert at Deep Creek.

The culvert will be replaced with a 300-foot bridge with enough clearance for wildlife to pass underneath rather than cross the highway.

More information is available at itdprojects.org/us95mcarthurlake, and comments will be accepted online until July 2.

Interstate 90 ramp closures in Post Falls this weekend and next week

As part of ongoing construction to repair bridges on Interstate 90 and overpasses in Post Falls, crews will close two ramps at Spokane Street this weekend and next week to apply a sealing treatment to protect the driving surface.

The westbound on-ramp will be closed the weekend of Friday, June 7 but will be open for the morning commute on Monday, June 10. Following that closure, the eastbound off-ramp will be closed Monday night (June 10) through Friday night (June 14). Nighttime closures are planned from approximately 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

Conditions on I-90 near the Huetter and Atlas bridges are expected to revert back to normal by the end of this week but work will continue on overpasses at night until early July.

Another project to reduce rutting from the Washington-Idaho border to the Northwest Boulevard exit in CDA will begin in July and last until September.

Information on the bridge maintenance project can be found at itdprojects.org/i90bridgespf, and information on the resurfacing project can be found at itdprojects.org/i90statelineresurfacing.

Reduced lanes over Veterans Memorial Bridge near CDA expected for the next month

Maintenance on Veterans Memorial Bridge over Bennett Bay is scheduled to begin today, June 3, with work requiring lanes to be reduced for the next month.

The driving surface of the bridge will be sealed to repair and protect the bridge deck. Over the next several weeks, the interstate will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

This bridge is one of several structures on or over Interstate 90 undergoing maintenance. To learn more about the project, visit itdprojects.org/i90bridgessv.

More information about other construction projects in the CDA area can be found at itdprojects.org with traffic impacts posted to 511.idaho.gov.

US-95 signal at Kathleen Avenue in CDA removed after crash on Sunday

Update as of June 3, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.:

A temporary signal will be in place by the end of the week at US-95 and Kathleen Avenue in Coeur d’Alene.

While the signal is being installed, drivers can expect intermittent lane closures on the highway and Kathleen Avenue. Once in place, the temporary signal will allow all normal movements.

At this time a permanent structure will be included with other scheduled highway improvements.

 

Original post:

The signal at US-95 and Kathleen Avenue was removed after a driver ran into it Sunday morning and will likely not be replaced for a few months. 

Traffic on the highway is currently free flowing with stop signs on Kathleen Avenue. Right turns off and onto the highway are the only turns allowed.

Drivers are not able to make left turns or cross the highway at the intersection. Instead, drivers are advised to use Government Way and Ramsey Road to access the nearest signals on US-95 at Dalton and Neider avenues. View a map of the area.

Traffic will likely remain in this configuration for a few months. ITD is investigating the structural integrity of the signal’s bases and exploring intermediate options to replace the structure. Signal replacements of this kind typically take time to fix as these structures are often custom-built and expensive to keep on hand. 

A permanent fix will likely be incorporated into construction already planned for the next two summers on US-95 in CDA. Learn more about that work by visiting itdprojects.org/us95intersections.

Priest River slide repairs begin

Cones show one slide on ID-57 north of Priest River.

Work began Monday, May 20 to repair two slides that fell in April 2017 on ID-57 just north of Priest River. Repairs are expected to take about one month, during which the highway will be reduced to one lane with a temporary signal present to guide alternating traffic. 

On the west side of the highway, crews will excavate material and construct a rock inlay to help stabilize the slope. On the east side, gabion baskets, or cages full of rocks, will be installed. The highway will also be reconstructed. 

 Earthworks Northwest is constructing improvements for approximately $540,000.

For updates, visit the project website at itdprojects.org/id57priestriverslides.