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US-95: ID-53 Interchange & Garwood Overpass

This project is part of a larger vision to improve traffic flow and safety along US-95 between Garwood and Sagle.

ITD is in the process of reconfiguring several roadways near the current US-95 junctions with ID-53 and Garwood Road north of Hayden.

Construction details

Construction has finished for the 2021 season and will resume spring of 2022 as weather permits. The latest project milestone is completion of the bridge deck. The bridge is anticipated to open in late spring of 2022. The project schedule may be updated based on new estimates when work continues next year.

Note that plans originally called for project completion in fall of 2022, but manufacturing delays for the signal for the interchange at US-95 and ID-53 prevented crews from starting as planned on the overpass at Garwood, as at least one of the two routes needs to remain open during construction for access. Since crews were not able to start as planned, the completion date has shifted to next spring.

 

Experience the design

Download the file below to walk through and fly over the upcoming changes.

You will be directed to a file exchange page by David Evans and Associates. Plan to wait a few minutes as the file downloads.

Once running, use your mouse and arrow keys to move around the model. If the program has trouble loading, adjust the image quality—represented by stars—at the bottom right corner of your screen.

3D model

Project history

Some improvements to this area were first identified during the development of an environmental document to plan for the future traffic needs of the region, which were approved in 2010 after multiple open houses.

In 2017, an interim design was developed to realign and widen ID-53 between Ramsey Road and US-95. This design also included the replacement of the bridge over the railroad, the addition of a center turn lane and the extension of bike facilities from Ramsey Road to the trail east of US-95. Additional funding was secured through the GARVEE Program shortly after to design and construct this project.

Read more about GARVEE funding

Shared-use path

In keeping with the corridor design established during the development of the 2010 environmental document from Garwood to Sagle, in summer 2019 the current multi-use path along the east of US-95 was extended as part of a separate project.

The path now covers from just north of Garwood to Idaho Highway 54, where it connects with a trail to Farragut State Park.

Progress photo of US-95/ID-53 interchange construction from October 2019 Direct overhead shot of the new girders on the future bridge for the US-95 and ID-53 interchange Aerial photo of the new deck on the future ID-53 bridge over the railroad Drone shot of new interchange at US-95 and ID-53 Crews setting the girders at night Girders are set on the Garwood Road overpass
December 2017
Design began
August 2018
Open house
Spring 2019
Design finalized
July 2019
Temporary signal installed
August 2019
Work on ID-53 widening, US-95 and ID-53 interchange, ID-53 railroad bridge begins
Fall 2020
New interchange and bridge opened
January 2021
Garwood overpass begins
Fall 2021
All improvements complete
March 2020

Season 2 begins

After a break over winter, work has begun again this March. This season of work will complete the railroad bridge and new interchange before beginning the overpass at Garwood.

Season 2 fact sheet
November 2019

Season 1 ends

Foundational structures for the new interchange and railroad bridge were completed, bringing the first season of construction to an end. Work will resume in the spring, but the detour will remain in place through the winter months.

October 2019

Extended NB detour

An extended detour for northbound traffic was put in place to ease traffic flow, with eastbound traffic on ID-53 being directed to the Chilco interchange rather than Garwood Road to access northbound US-95. Previously drivers were directed to access northbound US-95 via Garwood Road and Old US-95, which caused congestion due to the proximity of the US-95 and Garwood Road intersection.

August 2019

Detour in place

The signal at US-95 and ID-53 will be removed, and a detour will be in place to Garwood.

mid-July 2019

Construction begins

Construction began in mid-July, with work starting on ID-53.

Project
Updates

As of November 2021, construction has finished for the season and will resume spring of 2022 as weather permits. The latest project milestone is completion of the bridge deck. The next step is to pour the approach slabs and concrete rail, which is expected to take roughly two months. With the arrival of cold weather, crews must wait for more favorable spring conditions to continue pouring concrete. The project schedule may be updated based on new estimates when work continues next year. Note that plans originally called for project completion in fall of 2022, but manufacturing delays for the signal for the interchange at US-95 and ID-53 prevented crews from starting as planned on the overpass at Garwood, as at least one of the two routes needs to remain open during construction. Since crews were not able to start as planned, the completion date has shifted to next spring.

 

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