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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Boekel Road to be closed to through traffic beginning Monday

COEUR D'ALENE - Boekel Road, between U.S. 95 and Government Way, will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday (July 26) and will remain closed through Friday (July 30), the Idaho Transportation Department announced.

The work is part of a major reconstruction project on U.S. 95 from Wyoming Avenue to Idaho 53.

The week-long closure is the result of rain delays in May and June. Access to businesses on Boekel will be maintained.

The contractor for the $6 million project is Interstate Concrete and Asphalt of Coeur d'Alene. The project is funded with savings from federal highway stimulus projects bid earlier this year. The project is expected to be complete by this October.

ITD and the Idaho State Police advise motorists to slow down and pay attention when driving in work zones, where increased speeding fines and other penalties apply. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and dial 5-1-1 or visit for information on the state highway or interstate system.

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