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US-95: Lakeshore Drive

Changes will increase safety for drivers on the highway and reduce delays for drivers turning onto it.

This project from the Long Bridge to Sagle is still being designed, but the first phase of improvements is planned for construction in fall 2021.

Phase 1 in 2021
Phase 2 in 2022
Changes announced March 2021
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Work planned for 2021

Changes this year include adding acceleration lanes for drivers turning onto US-95 to head north or south. The existing center turn lane on US-95 will transition to a dedicated turn lane for northbound traffic accessing Lakeshore Drive, and dedicated lanes for different turning movements from Lakeshore Drive will be established.

View Feb. 2021 diagram

Work planned for 2022

A median U-turn for left-turning traffic from Lakeshore Drive will be built, with another one for left-turning traffic from Bottle Bay Road also under consideration.

While drivers would still have the option to turn left from Lakeshore Drive to head into town, with the median U-turn they could also turn right, and once further away from the congestion at end of the Long Bridge, use a new lane to make a U-turn near Bottle Bay and rejoin traffic. These median U-turns would be similar to those on US-95 in Ponderay and mimic what drivers are already doing.

A signal will also be placed at Sagle Road.

View Feb. 2021 diagram

Turning restrictions

The department plans to avoid restricting left turns from Lakeshore Drive onto US-95, but that could happen in the future. If it does, drivers will still be able to head north from Lakeshore Drive by using the median U-turn to the south.

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US-95 Lakeshore Drive

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