Construction Of New Safer Section Of US95 South Of Moscow Delayed Until Spring

The long planned for project to realign and improve the safety of U.S. Highway 95 South of Moscow is facing more delays.

The Idaho Transportation Department last reported in March that officials hoped to begin work on the new section of highway this Fall.  That’s been delayed as construction is now set to begin in the Spring with the project going out to bid this Fall.

Plans to improve the highway South of Moscow date back to the last century.  Work was set to start nearly 20 years ago when a group of local environmentalists sued to stop the project claiming that the new section of highway would destroy native Palouse prairie.

The project will construct a new safer 4-lane section of highway further up Paradise Ridge.  The 6.5 mile section of highway was last reported to cost about 60 million dollars.  It will take two years to build.