After construction, three crossings over two current railroad tracks will be eliminated, enhancing safety and mobility for drivers who use them each day.Read More
This project will improve safety by constructing an interchange at ID-53 and Pleasant View Road. The highway will be shifted north to accommodate on- and off-ramps without interfering with the two existing (and a future third) railroad tracks, and Pleasant View Road will be expanded to four lanes and be elevated over the railroad tracks.
After construction, approaches at Hauser Lake Road, Hollister Hills Road, Beck Road and McGuire Road will be closed and then rerouted to tie into the new interchange, rather than directly to the highway.
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A series of projects in 2022 and 2024 will widen and reconstruct ID-53 between the state line and Rathdrum, with a new interchange at Pleasant View Road planned in 2026. There are no plans to modify four miles between Bruss Road and Latah Street as they do not experience as many crashes at intersections.
Widening the highway will improve safety for turning drivers. Corridor improvements total more than $40 million.Map of corridor plans
The Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization helped ITD and others apply for a federal grant to construct the interchange and an overpass at Ramsey Road and the railroad tracks. The projects were combined for a joint grant application. This project was not selected in the latest round, but the department has resubmitted the project in the hopes of constructing it before its current scheduled time in 2025. Agencies will be notified of selected projects in summer 2019.grant application
As part of the department’s process of balancing the highway demands of the northern five counties and the associated budget, this project was delayed from 2025 to 2026. In July, the department’s plan and schedule for projects in the region will be available for comment at itd.idaho.gov/funding.