The Idaho Transportation Department has just put out word that traffic on U.S. 95, from Wyoming Avenue to Idaho 53, has been switched to the new two-lane southbound alignment.
The highway is now a four-lane divided highway from Interstate 90 to Ohio Match Road.
A new local road on the west side of the highway, from Bentz Road to Lancaster Road, also has opened to traffic. The new road, called Warren Street, provides access to Tobler Marina, Gargoyle Granite, Little Tree Storage, Curwen's Body & Paint and Joe's Sandblasting.
Access onto U.S. 95 from Bentz Road has been permanently closed. Lancaster Road and Boekel Road are fully opened to traffic. A traffic signal at Lancaster will be constructed next spring.
The highway and new local access road also will receive an additional layer of pavement next year, which will complete the project. The speed limit on this section of U.S. 95 is 55 miles per hour.
This $6 million project was funded with savings from federal highway stimulus projects bid earlier this year.