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Safety project to begin next week near St. Maries



Next week, work will impact Goosehaven Road near St. Maries as crews prepare to begin construction on a safety project on State Highway 3.

Departure Monday, April 18, the Idaho Department of Transportation will improve Goosehaven Road by adding more materials and then leveling the route so it can serve as a detour for construction on SH-3 this summer.

“Drivers should prepare for delays on Goosehaven Road that week but not on SH-3,” said project manager Matt Heinichen. “We will also be applying materials to minimize dust created while traffic uses the detour.”

Major construction to expand three miles of SH-3 will begin the following week and take three months. Weather can affect the schedule, so drivers should pay attention to signs in the area and check 511.idaho.gov for the exact moment.

“Closing the freeway completely will allow us to speed up construction,” Heinichen said. “We’ve worked with the county to minimize impacts, and this detour is critical to getting the job done.”

Plans call for the freeway to be widened 11 feet to the east, making room for 11-foot traffic lanes and 3-foot shoulders. A guardrail will be installed along the east side.

Learn more about the project at itdprojects.org/stmariesdike.