Bruce and Colleen Bumgarner, left, look at maps of proposed routes for the U.S. Highway 95 Thorncreek Road to Moscow Project during an Idaho Transportation Department hearing at the Best Western Plus University Inn in Moscow on Wednesday (Moscow-Pullman Daily News/Geoff Crimmins photo).
At the University Inn in Moscow on Wednesday (Moscow-Pullman Daily News/Geoff Crimmins photo)
Jack Flack, left, speaks during an open-microphone session at an Idaho Transportation Department hearing at the Best Western Plus University Inn in Moscow on Wednesday (Moscow-Pullman Daily News/Geoff Crimmins photo).
ITD public hearing shows mixed support for three alternatives
The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) experienced plenty of foot traffic during its public hearing on Wednesday to gather opinions about plans to reroute and widen U.S. Highway 95 from Thorncreek Road to Moscow.
Preferences varied about which of the three alternative routes ITD should use to resolve traffic safety issues along the 6.5-mile stretch of highway, where more than 130 accidents and six deaths have occurred during the past ten years.
Some sided with the transportation department in its preferred eastern realignment, which is the noisiest but also shortest and safest route, according to its Draft Environmental Impact Statement – the focus of Wednesday’s hearing. Continue reading
Keith G. Haley, Moscow
The Moscow-Pullman Daily News 1/24/13
A few important thoughts on the U.S. Highway 95 relocation.
The realignment of 95 south of Moscow will be permanent.
It is important we get it right. I feel certain the C-3 alternative route is absolutely the best choice.
My first reason is highway elevation. Anybody who has lived on the Palouse for more than a summer knows the hill to the north of Moscow, Steakhouse Hill, and to the south, Reisenauer Hill, are the winter danger spots. Black ice, blowing snow and unpredictable weather issues begin in November each year and can last until late spring. Continue reading