Why it Matters
U.S. 95 is the primary north-south route through Idaho and carries a diverse mix of traffic, including long-haul commercial trucks, regional wood-chip trucks, agricultural equipment, recreational vehicles and passenger vehicles. The two-lane highway winds through the rolling Palouse hills and includes moderate grades.
The limited number of passing opportunities constitutes a challenge for the motorists who are frequently slowed by commercial and agricultural traffic. An additional passing lane on Moscow Mountain, about four miles north of the Moscow city limit, will significantly improve safety.
The Moscow Mountain project will construct a northbound passing lane, update guardrail and guardrail ends, construct a Gabion wall and add a superpave plant mix surface. Rumble strips will be added on both shoulders near milepost 350.
Construction began in the summer of 2009. Most of the work, including an innovative wildlife warning system for motorists has been completed, although paving of the passing lane will take place in the spring of 2010.
Advertised: May 5, 2009
Bid opened: June 2, 2009
Contractor: Debco Construction, Orofino [bid results]
Contract awarded: June 29, 2009
Construction Start: July 7, 2009
Current Project Phase: Under Construction
Estimated Completion: Summer 2010
Project News Releases
News Release: June 9, 2009