Highway sealcoats to take place this July throughout North Idaho

To extend the life of previously completed highway projects, sealcoats will be applied to several highways throughout the region starting the week of July 9.

When sealcoats are applied, roadways will be reduced to one lane. Motorists should anticipate short delays and watch for the presence of pilot cars.

Sealcoating is a roadway surface treatment best applied during the hot and dry months of summer when chips of aggregate will properly adhere to an oil layer deposited on the highway. The newly-treated surface helps preserve the pavement and provides for better vehicle traction.

Drivers are cautioned to slow down and pay attention within the work zones, as chips placed during the sealcoating process have the potential to cause windshield damage.

Sealcoating projects scheduled to occur this summer along with their anticipated start date, location and length are as follows:

  • July 9: Idaho Highway 3 — approximately 31 miles from the Coeur d’Alene River Bridge to the Canyon Creek Road area
  • July 16: Idaho Highway 58 — approximately 3 miles from the Washington border to the US-95 junction
  • July 17: Idaho Highway 54 — approximately 3.5 miles from the Goodhope Road traffic circle through Farragut State Park
  • July 18: US-95 — approximately 6 miles from Fawn Lane to the Idaho Highway 1 junction
  • July 19: US-95 — approximately 19 miles from Samuels Road to Tamarack Street

Crews will repaint the highways after sealcoating. All work is expected to be completed by early August.