This project will improve mobility through this highly-used corridor by achieving uniform signal spacing and adding capacity on side streets.
This year, work is anticipated to start by July and end by November and will include the following: some ADA improvements, the noise walls, the shared-use path, the curbed medians, the removal of the Bosanko Avenue signal and the addition of some turn lanes at Kathleen and Dalton avenues. More work will follow in 2020.
Traffic impacts for 2019 will likely be as follows:
More details will come once a contractor is on board, such as timing for the extension of Wilbur Avenue. Next year, the Canfield Avenue signal will be removed, new signals at Miles and Wilbur avenues will be installed, and turn lanes will be added at the remaining side streets.
Thousands of vehicles travel on the highway every day to access nearby destinations, creating localized congestion that cannot easily be solved. Rather than expanding the highway and significantly impacting local businesses, ITD will remove some signals and add other signals to achieve consistent half-mile spacing between them. A 2005 study examined signals throughout the corridor and recommended this spacing because it adds the capacity of an extra lane without actually committing resources to do so.
The existing quarter-mile signal spacing of some of the signals is too close and causes traffic to backup into previous intersections, hindering the signals’ ability to regulate flow. Uniform signal spacing of at least a half-mile is optimal, as it accommodates various traffic flows and improves travel time, safety and fuel consumption.
Signals at Bosanko and Canfield avenues will be removed, and signals will be installed at Miles and Wilbur avenues.
After construction, movements at non-signalized intersections will be guided by small, curbed medians. Drivers on the highway will be able to turn right or left across traffic, but drivers on the side street will only be able to turn right onto the highway. They will no longer be allowed to cross traffic or turn left from a side street, improving safety by reducing conflicts and controlling access.
Drivers on side streets will be able to make U-turns at the nearest signal on the highway–often only one-quarter mile away–to access businesses on the other side of the highway. They may also seek other local routes.View an example
Adding capacity on side streets will improve traffic flow by allowing vehicles to move in a more organized manner.
View map of intersection modifications
When expanding a highway or realigning it with federal funds, transportation agencies are required to look into noise mitigation measures. Due to the extension of Wilbur Avenue, a study was conducted in fall 2017 to identify areas that would experience unacceptable levels of noise as a result of the project. Noise walls will be placed near Hayden Pines Mobile Plaza and north of Haycraft Avenue/west of Carriage Court.
Depending on the location, the noise walls will be up to eight feet tall, up to 20 inches wide and up to 1,000 feet long. They will be made of concrete.
The image shows a graphic of a sound wall.More on noise walls
ITD and Kootenai County finalized an agreement in March 2018 to reconstruct and to maintain a multi-use path that will extend along 19 miles of US-95 in North Idaho.
Per the agreement, ITD will reconstruct approximately eight miles of the existing path along the highway from Appleway Avenue to Garwood Road using dedicated funds from the FASTLANE grant. The remaining 11 miles will be reconstructed in 2020-21 as part of the US-95 Granite North project.
Before the latest agreement, the path from Appleway Avenue to Garwood Road was not maintained and predated current state code that prevents the department from building paths without first finding local jurisdictions committed to maintaining them.More on the agreement
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Since the last public meeting in January 2018, noise walls and ADA improvements were added to the project. These additions, along with the process of acquiring right of way needed to add capacity at side streets, have extended the project duration from one season to two seasons.