Removing dead and dying trees will make the road safer for drivers.
Two miles of Interstate 90 on Fourth of July Pass (near milepost 33) will be the focus of a logging operation. Crews will begin working in late April, and drivers may encounter single-lane or possibly two-lane closures of I-90. Full closures will be less than 10 minutes and will only apply to the two lanes closest to the work. Tree removal is expected to last about one month.
After removing all trees that have the potential to fall on the road, the contractor will be able to harvest marketable timber to cover the operation’s costs (in those sections, the operation will resemble a thinning project). This means ITD will pay no extra money for this safety improvement and will instead be able to direct funds to other maintenance activities.
ITD has developed this logging project with assistance from the Idaho Department of Lands.
Trees can pose a risk to drivers by shielding wildlife and shading the road, which can create ice in winter conditions. They can also fall onto the road or act as obstacles in the shoulder if vehicles leave the roadway. For these safety reasons, ITD routinely removes trees to protect drivers.