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Monday, September 20, 2010

Bridging The Valley Project Comes Closer To Construction

The 'Bridging the Valley' series of transportation projects is closer to becoming a reality in North Idaho. Funds to conduct preliminary work for the intersection of Highway 53 and Pleasant View is pretty much lined up, which gives new hope for the project.

Here's an article from the Coeur d'Alene Press with the lates and here is the Bridging the Valley website in case you want more information.


Charles Hansen said...

Wow Can they get it done before spring? That corner is a real problem now. People pull out in front of you from Pleasant View, go about a quarter mile then turn into the Hauser Lake road. They can not seem to wait for the big space behind me and use that space to pull out in.

KMPO Staff said...

Nope, won't be done before spring. That article doesn't clarify very well that there still isn't money for construction so even if the design is complete and right of way purchased, it will still be a while before construction begins. My boss, Glenn Miles, says he expects funding to be provided for it in the next federal transportation authorization. That's not expected to come until late 2011 or 2012 though, so it's more hurry up and wait.

I've had that happen to me in that area too. Everyone's in a hurry I guess.

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