Work begins to improve ride on SH-54 east of Athol


Work begins today on SH-54 east of Athol on a minor paving improvement project ahead of sealcoat work later this summer.

The Idaho Transportation Department is adding a thin layer of pavement to the right, outside lanes of travel to help smooth the driving surface and improve the ride.

Crews started near Athol and are working in the eastbound, outside lane with this mobile operation. Once they reach Farragut State Park they will then turn around and work back towards Athol on the outside, westbound lane.

During construction one lane in both directions will remain open for travel, with a mandatory speed reduction to 45 mph and intermittent flagging.

This project is expected to be complete by next Wednesday, with contractors scheduled to return mid-July to protect and seal the entire width of the roadway.