Multi-Year Construction Project Under Way to Improve US-95, ID-53

Tue August 27, 2019 - West Edition
Idaho Department of Transportation




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.

This is the beginning of construction to reconfigure several roadways near the current U.S.-95 junctions with ID-53 and Garwood Road north of Hayden, with project completion planned for fall 2021.

Work in August includes installation of a temporary signal at ID-53 and Ramsey Road to help with extra traffic during later detours. Signal installation is scheduled to take a week, with intermittent lane closures and flaggers expected in the area. A permanent signal will be placed in 2022 under a different project.

Following the temporary signal installation, traffic will be detoured in late August as the bridge over the railroad and the new interchange for U.S.-95 and ID-53 are built, with work expected through fall 2020.

Traffic on U.S.-95 will not be impacted for the majority of construction, but traffic on ID-53 will be detoured around the bridge and interchange construction to Garwood Road via Old U.S.-95.

In 2020 and 2021, frontage roads and an overpass at Garwood Road will be constructed. Total improvements, though not all awarded to contractors, are funded primarily with an estimated $41 million from the GARVEE program and another $13.9 million in federal aid.

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