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 continues to move forward with plans for the U.S. 95, Thorncreek Road to Moscow Project.
The final eastern route (E2) for the highway was chosen after a multi-year environmental review process. The Federal Highway Administration issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the project in 2016, giving ITD authority to begin final design and purchase land.
A legal motion was brought against FHWA and ITD in 2017 regarding the Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision. The U.S. District Court for Idaho ruled against the motion in favor of FHWA and ITD in August 2017.
Project opposition appealed that decision in January 2018. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the lower court’s decision on December 7, 2018.
ITD will continue right-of-way acquisition and submit a 404 permit application with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. After those two steps are completed, the project can be put out for construction bids. Work could begin as early as late summer 2019.
Please call Ken Helm at (208)799-5090 if you have any questions about the project.