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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Expect Delays On US95 @ White Bird Creek Bridge

Drivers on U.S. 95, Idaho's primary north-south highway, will experience minor traffic delays starting next week during the resurfacing of White Bird Creek Bridge south of Grangeville.

Work is expected to begin April 6 and go through May 15. The bridge deck will be removed and replaced to provide smoother travel and help protect the bridge deck.

One side of the bridge will be closed 24-hours a day during construction. Flaggers will limit traffic to alternating one-way travel on the lane that remains open. The speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph for passenger vehicles and northbound commercial trucks in the work zone. Southbound trucks traveling down the White Bird grade will be limited to 25 mph.

For safety, all trucks southbound on U.S. 95 will be diverted to a turnout near milepost 231 at the top of the White Bird grade. Truck drivers will be advised by a flagger of work taking place at the bottom of the 7 percent grade and of the 25 mph speed limit. Truck drivers should be prepared to stop at anytime on the downgrade.

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