Nez Perce Tribe awarded grant to build interchange at Clearwater casino

The Nez Perce Tribe has been awarded a $19.1 million federal Department of Transportation grant to construct an interchange at its Clearwater River Casino location along U.S. Highways 95 and 12 east of Lewiston.

The current intersection that will be replaced has been the site of numerous traffic fatalities over the years and is considered one of the most dangerous stretches of road in Idaho.

The project, which has an initial cost of $20.1 million, includes a diamond-shaped interchange and replacement of the current intersection with an overpass.

There will be deceleration and acceleration ramps for eastbound traffic. A broadband conduit and pedestrian walkway will also be included in the project. The tribe will fund the additional $1 million cost.

The final plans for the project are expected to be completed in the next four to six months and the project likely will be sent out for bid within a year. Tribal officials say once construction begins, the project should be completed in 12 to 18 months. (Nez Perce Tribe)