Idaho Department of Transportation

Drilling began on Aug. 20 at the U.S. 95 slide south of Riggins. This is part of the long-term repairs, which will involve controlled blasting and reinforcing the rock face, that are planned for completion in late October. The unstable slope has affected traffic on the highway since it first slid on July 3 and then again on July 10.

Construction is under way on Idaho Highway 53, reducing the highway to one lane, with flaggers on scene, as crews widen the shoulders between U.S.-95 and Ramsey Road. Lane closures are expected during the day for approximately two weeks, and trees west of U.S.-95 also will be removed to accommodate a new alignment for ID-53.

Beginning in late April, contractors began removing hazard trees along two miles of Interstate 90 near Fourth of July Pass to enhance highway safety. Trees can be hazardous when they fall, shade roadways and cause icy conditions in winter as well as hide any approaching wildlife.

The replacement of the U.S.-95 Weiser River Bridge located approximately 10 mi. north of Council, began in early March. Built in 1939, the bridge has reached the end of its design life. The new structure will include a wider bridge deck and upgraded guardrail among other safety enhancements.

Work on one of the largest public-private partnerships in Idaho has moved another step forward with the Idaho Department of Transportation awarding the bid on the Northgate Interchange project to Cannon Builders of Blackfoot, Idaho. It's just one component of a five-year, $200 million plan to rehabilitate 193 mi.

Deputy Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Brandye Hendrickson and Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter commemorated the historic approval of a $90.2 million grant that will help fund the expansion of Interstate 84 in Canyon County.

An area of major need in Idaho may receive a vital shot of federal money, as federal officials shortlisted $90.24 million in grant funds to help ease congestion on Interstate 84 in the Treasure Valley between the Karcher Interchange and Franklin Boulevard.

ITD has identified nine bridges for reconstruction on ID-28 between April 2018 and October 2019. Construction on the first three bridges began the week of April 2 and lasts until mid-Oct. 2018. The project calls for removing and replacing bridges; enhancing existing structures; and providing increased capacity for the river.

Idaho Transportation Department Director Brian Ness was recently named to the executive committee of the 2018 Transportation Research Board (TRB). The TRB is a unit of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and serves as an independent adviser to the President of the United States, the Congress and federal and state agencies on scientific and technical transportation issues of national importance.

The Idaho Transportation Department said new equipment that helps commercial truck drivers bypass a weigh station in the Lewiston area can save truckers more than $900,000 this year in time and fuel costs. “Drivers traveling in the Lewiston area in the last month may have noticed some new signs near the Port of Entry along U.S.-95,” it said.

As temperatures warm and days grow drier, state and local agencies are gearing up for construction projects all over the Pacific Northwest — some still in the planning stages, others, phases in ongoing plans. Here's a look at what's coming up: Idaho Chobani is set to open its new innovation and community center in Twin Falls this summer.