ITD Draft Environmental Impact Statement Chooses Eastern Alignments for U.S. Highway 95

Listen to KRFP Radio Free Moscow between 36:26 and 34:21 of the Friday, December 7, 2012, Evening Report, U.S. 95 East Route + Coal Hearing, for information released to the Moscow-Pullman Daily News about the Idaho Transportation Department’s preferred alternative for Highway 95 re-alignment south of Moscow, through some of the last remaining native habitat of the Palouse Prairie.

ITD Clears New U.S. Highway 95 Route for Review

Public hearing on draft set in Moscow for January

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and Federal Highway Administration (FHA) have approved a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) favoring an eastern realignment of U.S. Highway 95 from Thorn Creek Road to Moscow and will soon enter a public comment process.

ITD project manager Ken Helm said the impact statement was signed November 26 and will likely be published later this month or early January.

The transportation department identified the dangerous, curvy stretch of highway for realignment more than ten years ago.  Since then, there have been 220 accidents along the 6.5 mile stretch, resulting in 138 injuries and six deaths.

The preferred realignment alternative starts at Thorn Creek and shifts about 2,000 feet east at the top of Reisenauer Hill and rejoins the existing highway at the Primeland Cooperative grain elevators at the southern end of Moscow. Continue reading

Latest Pair of Megaloads Make It to Montana via U.S. Highway 12 Route

Two megaloads reached Montana after a 172-mile journey on U.S. Highway 12 in north central Idaho.

Both extra-big shipments left Idaho sometime late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, said Idaho Transportation Department spokesman Adam Rush in Boise.

One load started the night at Kooskia and the other was just 12 miles west of the Montana state line, Rush said.

“It did not have far to go at all,” he said.

One load was originally expected to leave the Port of Wilma just after 10 pm on Monday and reach the Montana state line by 5:30 am on Tuesday.

The other was supposed to follow, starting just after 10 pm on Tuesday. Continue reading