Southwest Idaho Communications Specialist
Construction of Council bypass route to begin in June
BOISE—Construction of the U.S. 95 Council bypass route in Adams County will begin in early June. The project will include the re-alignment and re-construction of U.S. 95 from just south of town at milepost 135 continuing to the intersection of U.S. 95 and Whiteley Avenue (milepost 136).
Re-alignment of the highway is intended to enhance mobility and safety, especially for large trucks that currently navigate around two 90-degree turns on U.S. 95 in the downtown core.
Construction of the bypass will be accompanied by curb, gutter and sidewalk construction, and ADA ramps along U.S. 95. A new sidewalk will be constructed in front of Council Senior High School, which is located next to the highway. Improvements in downtown include mill and inlay, re-construction of the existing roadway and the addition of new lighting features.
Work is scheduled to begin in early June and occur from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Work will continue through the fall, pause during the winter months, and resume in spring 2017. Construction may be noisy, especially from June through August.
The speed limit in Council will be reduced during the project. Posted signs will direct motorists through the construction zone. Flaggers will also assist with traffic flow. Temporary local street closures and lane reductions will be clearly posted while work is in progress.
Drivers are encouraged to slow down and pay attention in the work zone.
Knife River is the general contractor. The project cost is $7.1 million.