U.S. 95 Council Alternate Route
U.S. 95 - Council
Key Number: 8432
Project Number: NH-3110(130)
U.S. 95 is an important highway for the local community and for motorists traveling between northern and southern Idaho. The highway makes two 90 degree turns within Council’s city limits. Parked cars create problems for trucks and recreational vehicles trying to make the turns. The trucks create hazards for other vehicles and pedestrians.
This project is located along U.S. 95 in the vicinity of Council, Idaho. The project begins just north of the golf course area and ends at the intersection of Whiteley Avenue and Dartmouth Street (U.S. 95).
The project’s intent is to improve pedestrian and traffic safety, reduce congestion and reduce through traffic on U.S. 95 in downtown Council and south Council. The project will reduce through traffic in downtown Council and eliminate the two 90-degree turns on U.S. 95.
The project will improve safety in the downtown and school area for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.
The project will build a new roadway along a new alignment to relocate U.S. 95 in the southern part of the city. The new roadway will have one lane in each direction and left and right turn lanes at major intersections. Curb, gutter and sidewalk will be provided between School Ave. and Whiteley Ave. New Right-of-Way will be required.
Additional work will be completed on the existing U.S. 95/Illinois Avenue. The work will include completing the planned sidewalk, curb and gutter; and rehabilitating the existing pavement. Once the work is completed, the existing roadway will be transferred to the City of Council.
The project was first discussed in 1998 when the Council Chamber of Commerce submitted a “citizen report” to the Council City Council recommending that an alternate route be considered. The City Council gathered additional public input and provided ITD some initial concepts. The transportation department added the U.S. 95 Council Alternate Route to its Statewide Transportation Improvement Program in 2000. Preliminary development and the environmental evaluation began in early 2003. The project concept was approved in 2004; however, the project was removed from the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program in 2006 due to budget constraints. To learn more about the project’s back ground, click here.
The project is now funded and moving forward.
Preliminary engineering is underway and expected to be completed in 2013. Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2015 and should be completed by fall of 2016.
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