Here's your heads up that a construction project on I-90 starting next Monday could slow down your commute. The Idaho Transportation Department will be removing concrete, repairing damaged areas, and overlaying the decks of several bridges, both east- and westbound, from the Washington State Line to Spokane Street in Post Falls.
I-90 will be reduced to one lane in each direction on a 24-hour basis, until about mid-June.
The contractor will use the following work schedule:
- April 26-May 3: The contractor will work 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., including weekends. One lane in each direction will be closed overnight, and re-opened during the day.
- Beginning May 4, one lane in each direction will be closed on a 24-hour basis, for approximately 30 days.
- Once the bridge work is complete, night lane closures will continue for approximately 20 days to allow the contractor to pave and stripe the road surface in each direction.
The speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes as long delays (more than 15 minutes) and congestion are expected during construction.
Due to the comments I've been hearing regarding this project, I contacted ITD to see what the reasoning is behind the way it's scheduled. Barbara Babic, ITD's District 1 Public Involvement Coordinator responded, saying, "The contractor will be removing the bridge deck surfaces so it won’t be possible to re-open the lanes until all the work is done on the bridge decks. Yes, there will be congestion and delays. The contractor is working 24/7 at more than one location at once, and will get out of there as quickly as possible. I don’t think people would want to put up with lane closures all summer long, even if it was possible to re-open lanes during the day. The speed is reduced to 45 mph. Other than the eastbound on-ramp at Stateline, all on-and off-ramps will be open. If at all possible, we’re encouraging people to find alternate routes."
She also provided this flyer that ITD put together for the project. Click on it to see it larger or download it and send it to friends so everyone is aware this project is coming.