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US-95: Bonners Ferry Reconstruction

The highway will be rebuilt with a continuous center turn lane and pedestrian facilities on both sides, with all work expected to be done in 2023.

Work in 2020 finished improvements to the first phase, and the next phase began in 2022.

Paving begins in mid-June
Pine Island closed at US-95
Use Mirror Lake and Riverside
Work to end in October
Project updates

Project overview

The highway will be reconstructed through town, first between Kootenai River Bridge and Alderson Lane (Stage 1) and then between Alderson Lane and Labrosse Hill Street (Stage 2).

Work will extend the three-lane highway section through town and bring wider shoulders, sidewalks on both sides, new lighting and updated drainage to Bonners Ferry.

Stage 1 is complete, and Stage 2 is underway.

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2023 construction

The final season of a two-year project will begin early March to extend the three-lane section on U.S. Highway 95 from Alderson Lane to Labrosse Hill Street.

The first year of work from Alderson Lane to Eisenhower Street is complete, and this year work will focus on the highway from Eisenhower to Labrosse Hill Street. Drivers can generally expect a lane to be open in each direction. Most work will take place during the day, with some night work and detours possible as intersections and driveways are improved.

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Pine Island

Plans call to shift US-95 slightly to the east to straighten the curve in the area, allowing Pine Island Road to be realigned to be more perpendicular to the highway. Realignment is designed to lessen the incline on the side street and ease turning movements onto and off the highway.

Pine Island Road will be closed at US-95 for the duration of construction, which is expected to wrap up in October. All traffic will be detoured to Mirror Lake Road and Riverside Street, but there may be periods of time as the work allows when local passenger-vehicle traffic will be allowed use the intersection.

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February 2015
First public meeting
August 2015
Public hearing
More funds become available, and South Hill section added
Feb/Aug/Nov 2017
Studies at the Alderson signal show use doesn't warrant replacement
October 2017
Virtual public meeting on planned removal of Alderson signal
May 2018
Work between Kootenai River Bridge and Madison Street begins
October 2018
Mainline paving complete, but other work to continue over winter
November 2018
Construction of final stage of improvements delayed until 2022
April 2019
Work between Madison Street and Alderson Lane begins
November 2019
Paving between Madison Street and Alderson Lane complete
April 2020
Touch up work to Stage 1 begins
Break from construction
April 2022
Work between Alderson Lane and Eisenhower begins
September 2022
Work between Alderson Lane and Eisenhower ends
Spring 2023
Work between Eisenhower and Labrosse Hill Street starts
Fall 2023
All construction complete
March 2023

Final season begins

The final season of work is set to began in early March.

Fall 2022

Alderson to Eisenhower complete

The first season of Stage 2 is over, with the highway fully open and repaved between Alderson Lane and Eisenhower Street.

September 2022

Final paving

The final round of paving begins next week on Monday, Sept. 12.

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July 2022

Stage 2 paving begins

After the Fourth of July holiday, crews will begin paving the southbound lane. Once complete, operations will shift to night.

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April 2022

Stage 2 begins

The first year of work is expected to wrap up in October and will focus on US-95 from Alderson Lane to Eisenhower Street.

June 2021

Utility and sign relocation

To prepare for construction, utilities and signs will be relocated on both sides of the highway beginning in the summer of 2021. Impacts to traffic are expected to be minimal and typically only require the closure of the shoulders. Trees will also be removed to make room for future widening.

June 2020

Kootenai River Bridge to Alderson complete

As of June 2020, stage 1 work between the Kootenai River Bridge and Alderson Lane is complete.

April 2020

Final season of stage 1 starts

Work starting in late April will make final changes to Stage 1 improvements completed fall 2019.

November 2019

Stage 1 nearly complete

The first stage of construction is expected to end before Thanksgiving. Minor work on sidewalks and landscaping will continue through the month but highway traffic will not be stopped.

June 2019

Stage 2 delayed one year

As part of the department's process of balancing the highway demands of the northern five counties and the associated budget, the break between stages, earlier described as tentative in 2020-2021, has been extended to 2022 and reflected in the official ITD program. The second stage will now go to construction in 2023 and 2024. In July, the department's plan and schedule for projects in the region will be available for comment at

May - June 2019

Wide loads

General impacts from May to June include one-lane traffic on week nights and intermittent closures of side streets to the west of US-95. Note wide loads are permitted Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m., as well as on the weekends without assistance. Pavement markings near Ash Street are expected to be redone in mid-May.

April 2019

Signal removal and surveying

The signal at Alderson Lane is scheduled to be removed next week. It will be replaced with stop signs on Alderson Lane.

Other properties from Alderson Lane to Labrosse Hill Street will be marked by surveyors beginning April 1. That work is expected to take two weeks, with stakes left on the properties. Please leave them in place to ensure a quick appraisal process. Anyone with staked property is expected to be contacted by project staff after the stakes have been placed. Given the number of parcels involved, the appraisal process could take some time. If you have any concerns in the meantime, call Carrie Ann Hewitt (208) 772-1230.

March 2019

Utility work starts

Utility work will start in March in advance of roadway construction, which is scheduled to start in April.

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November 2018

Stage 2 postponed

Due to the complexities of coordination with all entities involved in an urban setting (utilities, city, property owners), the second stage has been rescheduled to start in 2022, rather than 2021. This sets completion for all work to 2023.

Reconstruction from Madison Street to Alderson Lane is still scheduled to begin this April.

October 2018

Kootenai River Bridge to Madison Street complete

Paving between the bridge and Madison Street were completed this year, along with lighting and drainage improvements. The merge point for the highway was moved approximately 2,800 feet closer to the bridge, increasing visibility for the crosswalk to the city pool near Madison Street. Acceleration lanes at Ash Street were also added.

Work over the winter will allow the construction of a utility trench near the existing sidewalk for the next phase of work. Construction in 2019 will stretch from Madison Street toward Alderson Lane and include adding beacons to the crosswalk, removing the signal at Alderson Lane and constructing sidewalks on both sides of the highway.


Construction will enter a new stage next week, with paving set to begin on June 19. Read more.

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