Record of Decision
The Idaho Transportation Department has received federal approval for a project to improve U.S. 95 between Thorncreek Road and Moscow.
The formal Record of Decision, signed Monday, March 21, 2016 by the Federal Highway Administration, authorizes ITD to purchase land and begin construction of the project.
FHWA and ITD evaluated many alternatives for the new highway alignment, including western, central and eastern routes. The final eastern route was chosen after a multi-year environmental review process. Construction of the project is expected to begin as early as fall 2017.
The new eastern alignment will follow existing U.S. 95 from Thorncreek Road north to the top of Reisenauer Hill. The highway will then shift to the east and connect back to existing U.S. 95 near the grain elevators south of Moscow.
Construction could begin as early as the fall of 2017.
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. ITD anticipates this work will be completed this spring.
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. The deadline for ITD and FHWA to comment on the appeal is March 31, 2018. ITD does not anticipate a decision until sometime later this year.
Please call Ken Helm at (208)799-5090 if you have any questions about the project.