A multi-use path will connect existing paved trails near Garwood and Athol.
More details will become available once a contractor is hired, but work is expected to take approximately six weeks in fall 2019. Most of the work will be off the road, requiring few, if any, lane closures.
The new path is planned to be nine miles long and 12 feet wide. Once built, it will be maintained by Kootenai County.
Other project features include flashing beacons and curbing to act as refuges at crossings near Bunco Road interchange, Abbott Road interchange, Parks Road and Idaho Highway 54.
A small portion of the path near Garwood will not be built until the new overpass is constructed in 2020/2021. Until that section is built, pedestrians and cyclists are encouraged to use Pope Road to access the next section.
A path through the Garwood to Sagle corridor was identified in a 2010 environmental document that previously guided improvements to US-95 north of CDA.
ITD policy stipulates that maintenance agreements must be obtained before constructing paths, but none were in place prior to earlier construction. However, ITD still developed the alignment and slope of the future path.
While securing an agreement for the US-95 path in CDA and Hayden in March 2018, Kootenai County also agreed to maintain this portion, prompting its design and now its construction.
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