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

An oversize load went off US-12 last night (Aug. 2) at milepost 114 just west of Fish Creek Bridge.

There are no extra delays or restrictions through the corridor right now, but in the coming days a full closure will be announced to allow crews to remove the load. At this time the date and the duration of the full closure is unknown but is expected within the next week.

ITD will post updates via 511, signage, the project website and the corridor newsletter.

US-95 construction south of CDA begins Monday

Work to resurface five miles of US-95 between Cougar Creek and Mica Creek is scheduled to begin August 6 and last for two months.

During construction, at least one lane will remain open in each direction, and flaggers will guide traffic at major intersections.

As ITD resurfaces the highway near intersections, travelers can expect brief closures. Emergency access will be maintained.

Crews are expected to work during the day with some possible weekend shifts.

 

Additional improvements to US-95 scheduled to begin this week near Plummer

Safety improvements to US-95 near Plummer will begin this week, with work expected to be completed in October.

Two bridges over Moctileme Creek will be replaced, and US-95 at the intersection of Windfall Pass Road will be realigned.

During the initial phase of construction, two lanes will remain open as crews construct an additional lane to be used as the bridges are demolished and rebuilt, one half at a time.

Once the temporary lane is finished, crews will start removing part of the old bridges, and travelers should expect delays and alternating, one-way traffic through the work zone.

When crews are not on site, the highway will be open to two lanes.

A 2013 study previously identified the Windfall Pass Road area as the site of the most frequent and severe crashes in the northern five counties, and since then, ITD has been designing this project to make it easier for drivers to negotiate the curve and to access the intersecting road.

For the latest traffic impacts, check 511.

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

Idaho Highway 13 near Harpster will be closed Thursday night (Aug. 2) to allow contractors to remove a truck-mounted crane from a ditch.

The crane went off the roadway at milepost 14.2 more than a week ago. It is estimated to weigh 37 tons and will take two cranes positioned on the roadway to haul out of the ditch.

The closure will start at 7 p.m. Thursday night and is anticipated to last until 9 a.m. Friday morning. A detour will be posted.

For the latest on highway closures, check 511.

County DMV offices statewide to close Aug. 9-10 for system upgrades

Idaho’s computer system for issuing driver’s licenses and identification cards will upgrade this month from a 1980s mainframe to a more modern system.

To make this transition, all county sheriff’s DMV offices that issue driver’s licenses and identification cards, will be closed Thursday, Aug. 9 and Friday, Aug. 10.

County assessor’s offices will remain open to issue vehicle registrations and titles. Disability placards will not be available during the two-day closure.

County sheriff’s DMV offices will reopen on Monday, Aug. 13, however customers should anticipate delays while employees adjust to the new system.

“We are very pleased to move to a new system that is designed to provide enhanced security and increased customer service to citizens across Idaho,” said Idaho Transportation Department Division of Motor Vehicles Administrator Alberto Gonzalez.

The ITD DMV Headquarters office in Boise will also be closed to the public Aug. 9-10. The office assists the public through telephone calls and emails with driving records, driver’s license extensions and reinstatement fees.

“We are encouraging citizens needing to apply for or renew their driver’s license or identification card in August to do so before Aug. 9, or if possible wait until the week of Aug. 20,” Gonzalez said. “The DMV clerks will be trained in the new system, but there will likely be delays while they become more familiar with it.”

This is the second phase of a three-phase project to modernize the state’s DMV system. In 2017, the first phase was completed when permanent disability placards became available at the county assessor’s offices rather than at the DMV headquarters in Boise to better serve customers. The third phase will move vehicle registrations and title records from the mainframe computer next year.

ITD districts collaborate on bridge projects to save taxpayers nearly $5 million

 

RIGBY – A unique Idaho Transportation Department collaboration within Districts 4, 5 and 6 — the south-central, southeastern and eastern idaho regions of the state — allowed those groups to come together and identify 17 bridges in dire need of replacement.

The team created one project that combined all 17, saving more than $3 million in construction, plus an estimated $100,000 per bridge ($1.7 million) during the design phase — a grand total of $4.7 million.

“When estimated, ITD had budgeted $27 million for this unique project,” said District 6’s Josh Sprague, who identified the savings as the former D6 Innovation Steward. “Once our budget was set, the bid opened at just $24 million.”

This allowed ITD to save money while increasing mobility and economic opportunity.

“The incredible savings are associated with grouping projects across district lines and working together,” said Sprague.

They also were successful in finishing the data collection and concept designs necessary for these 17 bridges at a fraction of the cost of doing each individually.

“Combining the 17 projects into one saves a significant amount of money for taxpayers, but the biggest benefit is time,” said D6 District Engineer Jason Minzghor. “This accelerates the whole process, so we can make needed repairs more quickly for the users of the highway system.”

Each of the bridges had reached their 50-year life span, so they all were in need of replacement. Each bridge will be brought up to current design standards; being wider to accommodate wider shoulders or future widenings, and in most cases longer, to better accommodate ever-changing waterways. As a result of the future shoulder widenings, ITD also will be minimizing the amount of guardrail needed.

By constructing 17 bridges under one contract, long-term impacts to the traveling public are minimized by:

– Grouping together similar bridges in similar areas
– Using concrete barrier for the safety of drivers and construction personnel
– Traffic drives on a paved surface at all times
– One lane is required to be open at all times

Open house July 31 in Athol to share proposed safety improvements to US-95

US95 Granite Loop

The Idaho Transportation Department will share plans to improve safety on US-95 north of Athol at an open house Tuesday, July 31 at the Athol Community Center.

Proposed safety improvements to US-95 near Granite Hill include:

– Construction of continuous frontage roads on both sides of the highway
– Realignment of the Trails End Road intersection
– Possible expansion of the highway to two lanes in both directions

Members of the public may stop by any time between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to learn more and to comment.

Those unable to attend the open house may also comment online between July 31 and August 14 by visiting itd.idaho.gov/d1, finding the “Projects” tab and selecting “US-95: Granite North Improvements.”

 

ITD seeks comment Aug. 1 for US-95 safety project north of CDA

ID-53 Bridge Junction US-95

The Idaho Transportation Department invites members of the public to comment on proposed safety improvements to US-95 at the intersections of Idaho Highway 53 and Garwood Road by attending an open house.

The open house will be held Wednesday, August 1 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the district office in Coeur d’Alene.

“US-95 is a primary north-south corridor through a rapidly developing area,” ITD project manager Joey Sprague said. “ITD has been planning for how to address growth and safety needs along this corridor for more than a decade, and we are excited that funding is now available to construct these improvements.”

The proposed project will:

  • Construct a new single-point urban interchange at US-95 and ID-53.
  • Realign and widen the shoulders of ID-53 from Ramsey Road to intersect more directly with US-95.
  • Replace the existing deficient ID-53 bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR).
  • Provide an overpass at Garwood Road over US-95 and the UPRR (eliminate direct access to US-95 at Garwood Road).
  • Extend Government Way as an east-side frontage road from ID-53 to the intersection of Garwood and Pope Roads.
  • Construct a roundabout at ID-53 and Government Way.
  • Extend pedestrian and bicycle facilities.

This project will improve safety while also planning for future growth and mobility in the area. Additionally, eliminating traffic signals on US-95 at ID-53 and Garwood Road will allow for a speed limit increase on US-95 to 70 mph through that section.

The final design is scheduled to be complete by spring 2019, and construction is scheduled to start during summer 2019. The project is estimated to cost $41 million to construct.

Planning for this project started in 2010 with the completion of a study of US-95 between Garwood and Sagle. In 2017, ITD started designing the realignment of ID-53 and the replacement of the bridge over the UPRR. The project scope expanded in mid-2017 to include a new ID-53 interchange, an overpass for Garwood Road and frontage roads when additional funding was secured through the GARVEE Expansion Program.

Members of the public can contact the project team by emailing US95Corridor@itd.idaho.gov or calling (208) 772-1200. For more information and to comment online until August 15, visit itd.idaho.gov/d1, find the projects tab and select “US-95: ID-53 Interchange.”

Open house July 26 on second stage of US-95 reconstruction through Bonners Ferry

The Idaho Transportation Department invites the public to attend an open house Thursday, July 26 to learn more about the second stage of US-95 reconstruction through Bonners Ferry.

The open house will be held at the high school gymnasium between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Those unable to attend may comment online from July 26 to August 10. This open house will focus solely on the second stage of improvements, which does not include the removal of the signal at Alderson Lane.

During the second stage of reconstruction, improvements will be made between Alderson Lane and Labrosse Hill Street. Proposed safety and mobility improvements include:

– The creation of a consistent three-lane highway with wider shoulders
– The addition sidewalks along both sides of the roadway to increase pedestrian safety and provide greater access to businesses
– An updated stormwater system to improve drainage
– New lighting to improve visibility

To find the project website, visit itd.idaho.gov/d1, find the “Projects” tab and select “US-95: Bonners Ferry Reconstruction.”

Design for this stage is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2019, with construction set to begin in 2021.

New start date for landslide repairs to ID-5 near Plummer

Update: Repairs will now begin the week of July 23.

Repairs to Idaho Highway 5 near Plummer will begin the week of July 9.

Construction will fix damage caused by a March 2017 landslide at milepost 5.8. Crews will remove and replace unstable material below the highway. New material is designed to anchor the hillside and prevent future landslides.

Travelers can expect short delays while flaggers and signals guide traffic through the one-lane work zone. Crews will typically be on site every day but Sunday.

Construction will last two months. Check 511 for the latest traffic updates.