Three construction projects to slow CDA drivers on the way to the river this summer

Lake CDA bordered by Idaho Highway 97 and Interstate 90

With a third construction project scheduled to start on I-90 east of Coeur d’Alene this Monday (June 22), drivers should expect delays on their way to access the river or head south on the Lake Coeur d’Alene Scenic Byway. These projects will collectively repair several bridges and restore the interstate’s surface, improving safety and the driver experience.

Work to resurface the interstate from Blue Creek Bay to the bottom of the Fourth of July Pass will extend the existing work zone at the bridges over Blue Creek Bay. Include the replacement of the bridge over Pennsylvania Avenue on the edge of town and drivers will encounter miles of orange barrels as they head east.

“Once traffic is crossed over for the bridge repairs at Blue Creek Bay, drivers will stay on that side of the interstate until the end of the paving project at the bottom of the pass,” ITD Project Manager Kyle Schrader said.

Paving near Blue Creek Bay is expected to last for several weeks, and ramps at the Idaho Highway 97 junction will be closed as they are resurfaced. Once construction begins, the eastbound off-ramp will be closed for up to three days, and the eastbound on-ramp will be closed for up to nine days.

“The closest places to turn around will be the Mullan Trail interchange to the west and the interchange at the top of the pass to the east,” Schrader said. “For the smoothest travel plans this summer, drivers should check for construction delays or detours on the 511 app before heading out.”

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Construction on the westbound portion of the project will not begin until work on the Blue Creek Bay bridges switches from the eastbound bridge to the westbound bridge, which is expected in mid-August.

“We will then go through this process again, just in the opposite direction,” Schrader.