The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved the three U.S. 95 Thorncreek Road to Moscow alternative/alignments recommended by the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) for further study. The alignments are the same as those shown to the public at the January 2006 open houses – W4, C3 and E2.
Click here to view the Map of the W4, C3 and E2. Alternative/Alignments sent to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for consideration
To see the 10 alternatives/alignments from the original screening document for the Western, Central and Eastern corridors that were moved forward for environmental study, click on the links below.
Alternative/Alignment Written Descriptions-
Click here to see a map of the existing alignment.
The Idaho Transportation Department is continuing to work on final design plans and right-of-way appraisals for the U.S. 95, Thorncreek Road to Moscow Project. Design work is expected to be completed this spring and right-of-way appraisals will continue until the fall.
The Federal Highway Administration and ITD evaluated many alternatives for the new highway alignment, including western, central and eastern routes. The final eastern route (E2) was chosen after a multi-year environmental review process. ITD received a Record of Decision (ROD) from the Federal Highway Administration in March of 2016. The ROD gave ITD the authority to begin final design and purchase land.
A legal motion was brought against FHWA and ITD regarding the Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision for this project. In August 2017, the U.S. District Court for Idaho ruled against the motion in favor of FHWA and ITD. In January, an appeal to the ruling was filed in the ninth circuit court. ITD/FHWA submitted comments on the appeal on April 11, 2018. ITD does not anticipate a decision until later this year or early 2019.
Please call Ken Helm at (208)799-5090 if you have any questions about the project.