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Paving and other work begins today on I-90 in north Idaho's Silver Valley

I-90 from Wallace to Mullan
Courtesy of Idaho Department of Transportation
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Crews will do paving work on this section of I-90 between Wallace and Mullan, Idaho.

The project includes a safety project to keep rocks from falling onto the highway.

Crews will begin work today [Monday] on an I-90 repaving project between Wallace and Mullan, Idaho. That will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction for the next couple of months.

Megan Jahns from the Idaho Department of Transportation says a companion project, to add a rock wall and fencing above the highway, will accompany the repaving work.

“Along that section of I-90 there’s a rocky chute and it really just propels some rocks down there and we had some close calls in June and November 2020 and we were able to design basically a barrier to shield traffic from any future rockfall and also able to advance this project earlier to construction so we can have that safety improvement out there," she said.

Another I-90 project will begin later this month a few miles east of Fourth of July Pass. The road will be repaved and crews will install a concrete barrier in the median. Jahns says it’s an area that has seen several vehicle accidents in recent years.

The department also plans several other projects east of Coeur d'Alene, including bridge replacements in Kellogg and smaller projects to work on bridges, concrete barriers and ramps. The agency urges drivers to plan extra time for commuting and check 511.idaho.gov for traffic conditions and restrictions.