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Monday, February 28, 2011

95 & Lancaster Closure Delayed One Week

Due to weather conditions and material availability, the median closure scheduled for US 95 and Lancaster Road has been delayed a week.

All left turns will be restricted at the intersection of 95 and Lancaster beginning March 9 now. The median crossing at the intersection will be closed while crews assemble and put up structures for a traffic signal.

Work requiring the left-turn restrictions is expected to take about one week to complete. When the span over the median is in place, it will be reopened. Daily closures will occur as work progresses.

Boekel Road is the designated detour route. Right turns onto Lancaster and onto U.S. 95 will be permitted. Once installation is complete, the signal heads will be covered and will not become operational until the final layer of pavement and pavement striping are completed later this spring.

The work is part of a project to widen U.S. 95 between Wyoming Avenue and the Idaho 53 junction south of Garwood. Funding is provided through savings from other American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (federal stimulus) projects that were bid in 2010.

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