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.
This year construction will take place between Madison Street and Alderson Lane. One lane in each direction will be open during the day, with some night work reducing the highway to alternating, one-way traffic. Sidewalks will be closed for the season, and city street intersections will be temporarily closed while they are reconstructed. The next phase of improvements from Alderson Lane to Labrosse Hill Street remains under design.
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).
As a result of the first stage of reconstruction, the crosswalk to the city pool will be made more noticeable to drivers, and the merging point for drivers heading south into town will be moved away from the crosswalk and the nearby intersection of the highway with Madison Street to provide extra protection. The new merging point for drivers heading south on US-95 will be near the Kootenai River Bridge, reducing lanes on the South Hill and allowing for acceleration lanes at Ash Street. The signal at Alderson Lane will also be removed, as current levels of use do not justify replacement costs after widening the highway.View project overview 2018-2023
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.
Due to the complexities of coordination with all entities involved in an urban setting (utilities, city, property owners), the second stage of US-95 reconstruction (between Labrosse Hill and Alderson Lane) has been rescheduled to start in 2022, rather than 2021. This sets completion for all US-95 work in Bonners Ferry to 2023.
The final phase of the first stage of US-95 reconstruction (Madison Street to Alderson Lane) is still scheduled to begin this April.
Utility work will start in March in advance of roadway construction, which is scheduled to start in April. Read more.