Shuttle returns April 11 for cyclists in I-90 Mullan-to-Montana project

Cyclists will again be shuttled through the Interstate 90 construction zone in northern Idaho as the reconstruction project continues this summer from Mullan to the Montana state line, which includes the popular Lolo Pass recreation area.

This unique service is designed to enhance safety through the work zone, which can be particularly dangerous for bicyclists. The shuttle also was offered last summer during Phase I of the reconstruction.

Weather permitting, the work is expected to resume April 11 and finish by this fall. ITD is offering the shuttle to take cyclists to the top or bottom of the project limits.

Many touring cyclists are planning their trips for this spring, summer and fall. The shuttle phone number will be the same as last year – (208) 755-3230. This phone will be activated April 4.

Link to last summer’s story:

There are a couple of alternative routes to avoid I-90 construction.

Northern Route (going westbound)
Exit I-90 at Regis, Mont. Go east on Highway 135 to Highway 200. Go north to Thompson Falls. Turn west onto Montana Secondary Highway 471 to Thompson Pass. Continue over the pass into Idaho, passing through Murray, Prichard, Enaville and Kingston. Rejoin I-90 at Exit 43. The road is paved all the way, is scenic and frequently used by cyclists.

Southern Route (going westbound)
There is no viable southern option for road cyclists.

However, if bicycles are set up for gravel, such as a mountain bike or a bike with at least 700x32c tires; there is a much shorter detour. The NorPac Trail is only 11.5 miles long. Going westbound, the trail starts at the Lookout Pass Ski Area on I-90. Details can be found at  


Published 03-18-16