Rock removal begins next week on US-95 at Winchester Hill

Idaho crews begin work next week on the final season of work on a two-year project to extend the southbound passing lane on U.S. Highway 95 near Winchester.

The project to add another 2.5 miles to the passing lane is expected to finish in November.

Reduced speeds in the work zone are expected with crews on site during the day from 6 AM to 6 PM and at nights when needed, though no work is expected on weekends at this time.

The first road closure to accommodate blasting activities for rock removal is planned for next Thursday night, from 6 PM to 7 PM. Blasting is scheduled to avoid peak commute times or weekends and is expected to last for an hour at a time.

Last year, blasting made room for 1.5 miles of passing lane to be added in the canyon, and this year that surface will be paved.

Of the nine aging culverts in the section, four still need to be upgraded to allow for fish passage. (Idaho Transportation Department)

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