US-2 construction begins next Tuesday in Sandpoint

Traffic approaching a low overpass

Construction will begin Tuesday, May 30, in Sandpoint to widen U.S. Highway 2 south of its interchange with U.S. Highway 95.

Crews will build another lane for southbound traffic between the interchange and the visitor center.

“Adding another lane will make the highway four lanes and consistent with other sections, removing the bottleneck drivers currently experience,” Project Manager Erica Aamodt said.

The project will also increase the clearance underneath the railroad bridge so that taller loads may pass underneath.

“US-2 serves as an alternate route for US-95, so increasing the clearance to the current standard of 17 feet will allow a greater range of commercial vehicles to pass through without difficulty,” Aamodt said.

Work will take until mid-November to complete. Drivers will be able to pass through the work zone with one lane in each direction but should still plan for congestion.

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