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US-95: Thorncreek Road to Moscow

Expanding the highway to four lanes will not only add capacity and reduce travel times but also significantly improve safety.

Once a permit is obtained from the Army Corps of Engineers, ITD will solicit bids for construction in late 2019.

Project wins appeal
Dec. 2018 news story
New alignment
Look for the E-2 route
Project completion
Set for 2022
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Project overview

About 6.5 miles of highway will be expanded to four lanes divided by a 34-foot median in the rural section. Shoulders will be widened, curves will be made easier to navigate and the grade will be less steep. New ditches will keep precipitation from gathering on the roadway, and a 30-foot clear zone will provide a safe area if a vehicle goes off the road.

County road intersections will have right and left turn lanes, and some current access points will be combined to limit the number of new intersections and driveways.

In the urban section just south of Moscow, a center turn lane, curbs, gutters and sidewalks will be added.

Construction

Details, such as the timing of work, will become available once ITD bids the project for construction. A bid will be solicited once the right of way process is complete and ITD has a permit from ACOE.

Construction is expected to take two years, with most work in the first year to take place off alignment without impacts to traffic.

1999
ITD begins EA with FHWA to expand US-95 from top of Lewiston Hill to Moscow
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2002
Alternative for corridor selected
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2003
Project litigated by PRDC, and ITD starts EIS for Thorncreek to Moscow
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2004
ITD holds public meetings to identify issues
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2005
Workshops allow public to consider multiple alternatives
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2006
11 alternatives reduced to three (and a no-build option) after an open house
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2007
Southern portion completed in October; ITD prepares draft EIS for Thorncreek
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2012
Draft EIS approved by ITD and FHWA
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2013
Hearing for draft EIS held with extended comment period; responses to comments sent
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December 2014
Final EIS and selected design published and sent for internal and legal review
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March 2016
FHWA issued ROD, giving ITD authority to begin final design and purchase land
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April 2017
PRDC files lawsuit
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August 2017
U.S. District Court rules in favor of ITD and FHWA
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January 2018
PRDC appeals
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December 2018
The Ninth Circuit of Appeals rules in favor of ITD and FHWA
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Downloads & Resources

Final Environmental Impact StatementAsset 4
Record of DecisionAsset 4
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December 2018

Expansion gets green light

The Ninth Circuit of Appeals ruled in favor of ITD in the latest appeal. Work will continue on final design plans and acquisition of right of way.

Project
Updates

Following the December 2018 court decision, ITD will continue right-of-way acquisition and submit a 404 permit application with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. After those two steps are completed, the project can be put out for construction bids.

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