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dmuzika

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US 95 Coeur d'alene bypass
« on: January 01, 2018, 06:51:46 PM »

I was just wondering if there are any plans for a bypass for US 95 through Coeur d'alene? There have been some improvements north of Coeur d'alene, but it seems like the section connecting it to I-90 could use some attention. Cheers!
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Re: US 95 Coeur d'alene bypass
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2018, 01:51:19 AM »

Outside of rerouting it to a new Spokane River crossing, I don't see where improvements can be made on the southside of I-90. I can't imagine this is even on Idaho's radar, honestly.
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Re: US 95 Coeur d'alene bypass
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2018, 03:58:29 AM »

How much would it cost due to the urban and geographical constraints? Full freeway, twinned or just a 2 laner?
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Re: US 95 Coeur d'alene bypass
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2018, 04:18:52 AM »

It seems like a "half-bypass", essentially connecting the US 95 freeway segment north of town to I-90, would suffice for dealing with local traffic flow.  Not having the AADT data for south vs. north at my fingertips, just personal experience from several trips through the area, I'd venture an educated guess that traffic levels on northward US 95 dwarf that of the southward direction.  And I'd certainly extrapolate that the commercial traffic data would indicate an even more one-sided situation.  In fact, I'll go out on a limb and venture that US 95 north of I-90 is the major artery for U.S. West Coast traffic to and from the Canadian Rockies; as such, a Coeur d'Alene "bypass" should address that phenomenon before considering anything toward the south.   
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