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US12 paving work under way; part of 50-mile ITD project

Travelers between Lowell and the border should plan for delays up to two hours

A view eastward along U.S. Highway 12 alongside the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River.

Photo by David Rauzi
A view eastward along U.S. Highway 12 alongside the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River.



Paving work started this week, the first section of a 50-mile project along U.S. Highway 12 to improve mobility and safety.

According to the Idaho Transportation Department, the 27-mile section between Tumble Creek and Saddle Camp Road will be resurfaced first, followed by the 23-mile section between Warm Springs and the Idaho-Montana border in August.

The highway will be reduced to one lane during both paving projects, with flaggers and pilot cars in place to guide traffic through work zones. Paving operations are anticipated to take place at night to minimize impacts to the traveling public, but travelers should expect flagging operations and delays during the day.

A daytime shuttle service will be provided to safely transport bicyclists through the longer work zones. Once a schedule is finalized, it will be published on the project website and the corridor newsletter. 

During construction, travelers on U.S. 12 between Lowell and the border should plan for delays up to two hours, as other projects to replace Fish Creek and Maggie Creek bridges are already under way. Due to the remote location and length of the work zones, travelers are also advised to fill up their gas tanks before driving through construction.

Construction for all U.S. 12 projects will conclude this summer, bringing nearly $17 million in infrastructure and safety improvements.

For information, visit itd.idaho.gov/US12. For immediate construction impacts on this and other routes, visit 511.idaho.gov.



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