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Thursday, February 18, 2010

US 95 Utility Work To Start Monday

Work to relocate utility lines in the right of way along U.S. 95 north of Hayden starts Monday, and could cause some slow downs in the area. The work is required as part of the U.S. 95, Wyoming to Idaho 53 widening project.

Crews will work daylight hours Mondays through Fridays. Work will continue until highway construction begins in mid-April. Initially, work will be focused on the Lancaster Road intersection and then move north to Boekel Road. Minor traffic impacts may occur on Lancaster. Few, if any, impacts are expected on U.S. 95.

Avista, Kootenai Electric and Verizon, will move utility poles, overhead lines and in-ground conduits. Some tree removal and vegetation clearing will also take place in the corridor. This $6 million highway project will widen approximately two miles of U.S. 95 to four lanes, closing the gap between existing four-lane sections of the highway.

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