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5/18/22

Razz Construction, Inc. will be beginning work for ITD at the following Railroad Crossing locations starting May 31st, 2022.

The crossings are in multiple places throughout Bonner County. Work will take place from the hours of 7:00am-5:00pm. There will be implemented road closures with a detour at crossing’s two through seven. The rest of the crossings will have single lane closures and will utilize flaggers.

Crossing 1- Homestead Rd

Crossing 2- Granite Loop Rd

Crossing 3- N Granite Loop Rd

Crossing 4- Kelso Clagstone Cuttoff

Crossing 5- Barnhardt RD

Crossing 6- Kelso Lake RD

Crossing 7- Edgemere Cutoff

Crossing 8- Jewel Lake RD

Crossing 9- Thama DR

Crossing 10- Lakeshore Dr

Crossing 11- Berry LN

Crossing 12- Gypsy Bay RD

Crossing 13- McGhee Rd

Crossing 14- Firestone Ln

Crossing 15- N Boyer Rd

Crossing 16- W Selle RD

Crossing 18- Race Track Rd

Crossing 19- N Elmira Rd

Crossing 20- Elmira RD 7.7 North off HWY 2

Work will begin at crossing number two and three on May 31st, 2022. Project duration is expected until the last week of July 2022. Please plan for any unforeseen traffic delays in the area.

5/18/22

5/16/22

4/21/22

Clagstone Road between the 5600 block and the 6200 block will be closed on Tuesday, April 26th from 6 am to 4 pm for the final phase of the road realignment. Detour signs will be posted. Please plan accordingly.

4/4/22

The 16000 block of Dufort Rd in Priest River will be closed on Wednesday, April 6th from 6am to 4pm to replace a failing culvert. Please plan accordingly.

3/29/22

Notice from the City of Sandpoint ~

Great Northern Road is scheduled to be closed 3-31-22 at 7am overnight to reopen 4-1-22 around 6pm for railway repairs. Below is the closure map/detour route. Signage will be placed at Woodland and Baldy Mtn. Rd to give motorists advanced notice before reaching the closure.

*Please direct all questions to the City of Sandpoint.

3/28/2022

Spring Update - Letter from the Road & Bridge Director Jason Topp

Hello Bonner County Residents, I thought I would give you folks an update from the Road and Bridge Department. Bonner County Road and Bridge crews were very busy this winter trying their best to keep 678 + miles of roads clear and safe. Road and Bridge crews struggled to keep up as the traffic has increased dramatically on our roads. Some of our gravel roads have seen an increase in traffic from a few years ago at 300 cars a day to now close to 800 cars a day with some of our asphalt roads reaching close to 2800 cars a day. We have had some interesting weather patterns from several hard freeze events then to rain creating some very slick roads. In our higher elevations, some roads are still covered in ice. Just to give you an idea for what it cost to perform this maintenance Road and Bridge winter maintenance cost for this winter was a little over 2.3 million. This is only the fuel, equipment cost, labor and sand.

Weight restrictions have been posted on all County Roads at this time.

The spring rains, snow melt along with the increase in traffic have created quite a mess with our gravel roads. Road and Bridge maintains around 380 miles of gravel roads throughout the County. Our equipment operators are doing what they can to address the potholes that have plagued our gravel roads. This takes time, I know everyone would like their county road graded and we will get to them. This time of year, as everything is starting to thaw out, the roads will become saturated with water. This makes it very difficult to grade as it just turns to a soupy mess and will just blow right back out as it is too wet to compact with the mud covering your vehicle as well. As we cut the potholes, we expose the frozen layer directly under the surface and this starts a chain event for more mud and water. This usually lasts a good month or so until things start to dry out. When we prep our roads for the winter, we put around a 3% to 4% crown in our gravel roads to help the public stay on the roads better when snow or ice covered. If the crown is too steep cars will slide off the road or tend to drive in the middle of the road to straddle the crown in fear that they will go in the ditch. This is a double edge sword as when spring comes around, we do not have enough crown for the water to drain properly therefore saturating the soils which causes the slew of potholes that plague our roads. As we start to dry out, we will reshape the roads with a steeper crown of 5% to 6% so the roads stay relatively smooth for the summer and fall months. This just happens to be the cycle of life here in Bonner County. Hard surface roads are a bit easier to maintain since water just sheets off into the ditch. I have been out driving some of these roads and for the most part the roads are starting to dry out and starting to take shape. Operators have begun to put a higher percentage of a crown on these roads for the summer months. We have now entered the flooding months as well. Streams are very high, and water is flowing at a high rate of speed causing more issues like overloading culverts, creating washouts and land or rockslides. Crews are addressing these areas.

There are more miles of non-maintained public roads in Bonner County than County maintained roads. These non-maintained roads are and have always been problematic for the residents who live along them during this time of year. These roads are not maintained by the Road Department but are left to the individuals who live along them to maintain. There has been some confusion by residents that because it is a public road, they think the County should maintain it. These roads were created by developers or private landowners and then dedicated to the public so people would not have to buy an easement for each property and allow access. These roads were never built to a standard in which the County would consider for maintenance nor were they intended to become a County maintained road. Be sure of what you are purchasing as some of these areas may be flooded and impassable during certain times of the year and the Road Department is not funded to help with these roads.

Crews are out in full force sweeping the sand covered asphalt roads to prepare them for the summer. Be sure to keep a safe distance to avoid any accidents as dust will most definitely be a concern for visibility. Crews will have water trucks to try to help with this. As many of you have noticed, the inflation of fuel, oil, parts, equipment and pretty much anything that can be purchased has gone up in price here in recent months. Asphalt prices have increased 20% and continue to rise. Culverts prices went up by 63%, and liquid asphalt is expected to be around 33% higher. This could put a strain on our budget and make short work of our planned asphalt and construction projects. Maybe even reduce our chip seal projects that we do to preserve our asphalt roads. Road and Bridge is always trying to find better ways to best serve the public's needs and expectations within our budget and will continue to do so. I have worked for the Road and Bridge Department for almost 27 years, and I am very proud of what our crews have accomplished during this time. We have improved roads from no access in the springtime to year around access and some of these roads are now hard surfaced. We will continue to keep improving the roads and bridges of Bonner County. Road and Bridge has many road projects moving forward for this year. We will be applying 2.6 miles of asphalt on Clagstone Road as well as a realignment of a very dangerous corner within this section of the road. We will be applying asphalt to 2.2 miles of Camp Bay Road as well. We have around 67 miles of chip seal slatted for the preservation of our asphalt roads. We will be applying Magnesium Chloride to over 270 miles of gravel roads this year to preserve the surface life of our gravel roads system.

With the new roll out of surplus funds from the state, 200 million was allocated to bridges. This money is to be used on bridges based on the ITD inspection report data which are only done on bridges greater than 20 feet in length. Bridges with weight restrictions are the main focus of this money throughout the state. These funds are to be applied for including a written letter showing the impacts and benefit to the public in the area for the reconstruction of or replacement of the bridge. These funds have no match from the County for any of the work to be done. Bonner County has several bridges that fall into this category with at least three that should rank in the top 100 to be considered. Bonner County Road and Bridge will be applying for these funds. There are also surplus funds that will be coming to the Road and Bridge Department sometime after July that is intended for road maintenance. The amount and date are still unknown; however, these funds will be put to good use while also helping with the budget constraints in fiscal year 2022 if received before October. I hope this update finds you all well. We here at Road and Bridge are looking forward to the warmer days ahead.

Jason Topp

Director, Bonner County Road and Bridge

12/21/2021

11/16/2021

Winter Update from our Director, Jason Topp

Hello Bonner County Drivers – It’s beginning to look like that time of year again. The recent rains have played havoc on some of our gravel roads. Grader operators are running hard to get these roads graded up before we have a big freeze to help alleviate the potholes going into winter. Snow is starting to fall and stick in the higher elevations; temperatures are dropping and some of the roads are starting to become slick. I hope most of you have installed your winter tires on your vehicles. It is the observation of the Road Department that there appears to be plenty of new residents in the county and that also means there will be plenty of people unfamiliar with Bonner County plowing protocols. Please remember that County roads are not maintained 24 hours a day, seven days a week and make sure you have good winter tires on your vehicles. Please be prepared for a steady routine of slippery roads.

Winter road maintenance is expensive, hazardous for operators and time consuming. Bonner County spent nearly $2,000,000 last winter providing safer roads. Snow plowing commences after several inches have accumulated on roadways. Bonner County Road & Bridge operates three districts to maintain around 700 miles of road, but all adhere to these priorities for our winter maintenance:

1st Priority School bus routes, arterials, and major collectors

2nd Priority All other county-maintained roads after 1st Priority roadways

3rd Priority Sanding generally begins after plowing a road is completed. Sand is applied to steeper roadway grades, at intersections, on bridges, and other areas determined to be hazardous. It is not standard policy to sand straight stretches of roadway because of snow floor. Road salt will be used along with sand in a few problem areas this year on our asphalt roadways only. This is new to Bonner County this year. We are very hopeful that this will help alleviate the amount of time we spend on these problem areas and make it safer for the traveling public.

Mailboxes in county road right-of-ways suffer greatly from snow plowing activity and are the responsibility of the owner. Most people underestimate the weight of snow being pushed from the road, so if you can wiggle your mailbox, there is a fair probability that plowed snow will take it down. County operators do not intentionally damage mailboxes but maintain speed to throw snow from the road. The growing number of garbage cans placed for pickup within the right of way must be kept out of the plowed travel surface because they will end up in the ditch and create an unsightly mess that individuals are responsible for.

Residents who remove snow from their driveways are reminded that Idaho Code 18-3906 prohibits placing snow or ice on any public road in a manner that impedes traffic or makes it unsafe and 18-3907 prohibits the placing of snow in any manner that affects the water flow of a ditch line. If your snow plowing affects the County’s plowing or anyone driving the road, you are breaking the law.

YOU CAN HELP

There are several ways the public can help make the County’s job more cost effective and safe:

• Vehicles must not be parked on roadways during snow events. Vehicles will be buried in the snow berm and/or towed if interfering with the plow route. Once the berm is in place, it is the resident’s responsibility to shovel their vehicle out. Please remember – our roads are not city streets!

• Landscape features such as rocks, fences or planters should be removed from the rights-of-way for the winter. They may be destroyed by snow plowing, but they can also do substantial damage to snowplows. Owners are responsible for County equipment that are unnecessarily damaged by these types of features.

• Do not push snow over ends of culverts or drainage structures. Rapid warming cycles in winter could result in overloaded ditches being unable to drain. Local flooding could occur.

• Mailboxes are damaged during snow removal operations. Replacement of damaged mailboxes is the responsibility of the property owner/resident per the Bonner County Road Standards Manual, Section 8.

• Snow removal operations require the use of large and heavy equipment during periods of darkness usually accompanied by limited visibility caused by falling snow. Bonner County operators are trained, and safety is always stressed. Drivers of automobiles should follow at a safe distance where the operator can see you in his mirrors.

• Children love to watch the large equipment, noise, lights, and the activity of snow removal operations. Try to remember the snow being thrown from the snowplows is very wet and heavy. Please keep children a safe distance away. The concentration required for snow removal, means the operators may not always be able to see people close by and accidents could result.

• Please encourage children NOT to build tunnels, forts or play in snow berms.

Information on the Road & Bridge website, https://www.bonnercountyid.gov/departments/roadbridge may help residents be proactive in securing their mailboxes and safeguarding articles placed in the County-Right-of-Way. We want everyone to have a safe and secure winter.

For further information, please call the Bonner County Road & Bridge Department at 208 255-5681, ext. 1; Monday through Friday, 7am to 4pm.

Jason Topp

Director

Bonner County Road & Bridge

10/28/21

Lakeshore Dr at Highway 95 will be closed on Wednesday, November 3rd from 6 am to 6 pm for a culvert replacement.  Please use the detour route over Brisboy Rd.  Detour signs will be posted in advance.

9/29/21

A letter from our Director, Steve Klatt 

9/13/21

Congratulations to our Bonner County Road & Bridge Department employees Jonas Topp, Caiden Oliver, and Hannah Oliver for being the Bonner County Employees of the Month for July, August and September. 👏👏👏

7/16/21

Eastriver Road construction/closure schedule:

The Eastriver Road Slide Repair Project is slated to start on Monday, July 19th. The project will start at the 5000 block with flaggers and 1 way traffic through the 7000 block until it is complete. The Project is expected to be completed by October 1st.

August 2nd we will be closing Eastriver Road at 6500 block to through traffic from the south end of Eastriver Loop to the North end of Eastriver Loop. The Eastriver Loop road will be the detour route for the duration of the Project.

6/25/2021

Governor's visit to Lakeshore Drive - Highway 95 Intersection Improvement Project for 2022 made possible with Idaho's direct funding proposal

6/22/2021

BNSF will be closing the north end of Granite Loop Rd for railroad repairs on the following dates;

Wednesday, June 30th at 8 am, reopening on July 1st at approximately 4 pm

Friday, July 9th from 9 am to 4 pm

Notices will be put up this Friday.

4/19/2021 

A note from the Director regarding Spring road conditions

3/15/2021 

Changes to US-95 south of Sandpoint planned for 2021 and 2022

The Idaho Transportation Department is in the process of designing improvements to US-95 between Sagle and Sandpoint, with the first phase planned for construction this summer.

Click Here for the story

1/27/2021 

Public Announcement - Heath Lake Road closure

1/13/2021 

Thank you for your patience Bonner County Residents! We are out identifying issues and fixing them as fast as we can.

Here's a little of what we are dealing with.

1/8/2021 A message from Director Steve Klatt

12/28/2020 A Friendly Reminder

Please remember to give yourself and our plow/sander rigs a little extra space during this winter driving season.

11/09/2020 Message from Steve Klatt, Director, Road and Bridge Department

Hello Bonner County Drivers – It’s beginning to look like we may need to be ready for winter driving a bit earlier than usual this year and I hope most of you have gotten your winter tires on your rigs.  Our observation in the Road Department is that there appear to be plenty of new residents in the county and that also means there will be plenty of people unfamiliar with Bonner County plowing protocols.   Please remember that County roads are not maintained 24 hours a day, seven days a week and make sure you have good winter tires on your rig.  Having just seen the local winter forecast for 12 feet of accumulated snowfall this coming winter, please be prepared for a steady routine of slippery roads.

Winter road maintenance is expensive, hazardous for operators and time consuming.  Bonner County spent nearly $2,000,000 last winter providing safer roads.  Snow plowing commences after several inches have accumulated on roadways.  Bonner County Road & Bridge operates three districts to maintain 700 miles of road, but all adhere to these priorities for our winter maintenance:

1st Priority             School bus routes, arterials and major collectors

2nd Priority           All other county maintained roads after 1st Priority roadways

3rd Priority       Sanding generally begins after plowing a road is completed.  Sand is applied to steeper roadway grades, at intersections, on bridges, and other areas determined to be hazardous.  It is not standard policy to sand straight stretches of roadway because of snow floor.  Road salt is not used. 

Mailboxes in county road rights-of-way suffer greatly from snow plowing activity and are the responsibility of the owner.  Most people underestimate the weight of snow being pushed from the road, so if you can wiggle your mailbox, there is a fair probability that plowed snow will take it down.  County operators do not intentionally damage mailboxes, but maintain speed to throw snow from the road.  The growing number of garbage cans placed for pickup within the right of way must be kept out of the plowed travel surface because they will end up in the ditch and create an unsightly mess that individuals are responsible for.

Residents who remove snow from their driveways are reminded that Idaho Code 18-3906 prohibits placing snow or ice on any public road in a manner that impedes traffic or makes it unsafe and 18-3907 prohibits the placing of snow in any manner that affects the water flow of a ditch line.  If your snow plowing affects the County’s plowing or anyone driving the road, you are breaking the law.

YOU CAN HELP

There are several ways the public can help make the County’s job more cost effective and safe:

  • Vehicles must not be parked on roadways during snow events.  Vehicles will be buried in the snow berm and/or towed if interfering with the plow route.  Once bermed in, it is the resident’s responsibility to shovel their vehicle out.  Please remember – our roads are not city streets!
  • Landscape features such as rocks, fences or planters should be removed from the rights-of-way for the winter.  They may be destroyed by snow plowing, but they also can do substantial damage to snow plows.  Owners are responsible for County equipment unnecessarily damaged.
  • Do not push snow over ends of culverts or drainage structures.  Rapid warming cycles in winter could result in overloaded ditches being unable to drain.  Local flooding could occur.
  • Mailboxes are damaged during snow removal operations.  Replacement of damaged mailboxes is the responsibility of the property owner/resident per the Bonner County Road Standards Manual, Section 8.
  • Snow removal operations require the use of large and heavy equipment during periods of darkness usually accompanied by limited visibility caused by falling snow.  Bonner County operators are trained and safety is stressed at all times.  Drivers of automobiles should follow at a safe distance where the operator can see you in his mirrors.
  • Children love to watch the large equipment, noise, lights and activity of snow removal operations.  Please keep children a safe distance away.  The concentration required for snow removal, means the operators may not always be able to see people close by and accidents could result.
  • Please encourage children NOT to build tunnels, forts or play in snow berms.

Information on the Road & Bridge website, https://www.bonnercountyid.gov/departments/roadbridge may help residents be proactive in securing their mailboxes and safeguarding articles placed in the County-Right-of-Way.  We want everyone to have a safe and secure winter.

For further information, please call the Bonner County Road & Bridge Department at 208 255-5681, ext. 1; Monday through Friday, 7am to 4pm.

Steve Klatt, Director

N Kootenai Rd Paving Project

Paving of N Kootenai Rd from Firestone Ln to Selle Rd will begin Monday, September 28th and should last approximately 5 days.  Please expect delays.

Gypsy Bay Rd Bridge Closure

The bridge at the 2040 block of Gypsy Bay Rd will be closed starting Monday, September 28th through Oct 10th for a rebuild.  Please use Moonshadow Rd for a detour.

UPDATE 9/02/2020 - MCABEE FALLS BRIDGE WORK UNDERWAY - CREWS ARE REPAIRING THE DELAMINATED CONCRETE BRIDGE DECK WITH GROUT IN PREPARATION OF APPLYING AN EPOXY SEAL OVER THE ENTIRE BRIDGE DECK.

UPDATE 8/17/2020 -  BNSF will be closing the railroad crossing at the south end of Cocolalla Loop for repairs Thursday morning, Aug 20th at 7:30 am, then reopening on Friday, Aug 21st at 5 pm.

UPDATE 8/14/2020 - CHIP SEALING CREW AT WORK

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ERJ1SCJfE6eDRqvYLSqx7Mr3uetIXhXW/view

UPDATE 8/12/2020 - RAPID LIGHTNING BRIDGE #5 REPLACEMENT PROJECT DESIGN OPTIONS

THIS BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT IN THE 5900 BLOCK OF RAPID LIGHTNING ROAD IS PLANNED TO BE COMPLETED IN THE NEXT 6 YEARS, BUT THE CONSTRUCTION DESIGN OPTION NEEDS TO BE SELECTED WITHIN THE NEXT MONTH. THE PROJECT IS PLANNED TO BE COMPLETED IN 2026  WHEN IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HAS IT SLOTTED FOR FUNDING, UNLESS FUNDING COMES AVAILABLE SOONER. THE WORK WILL BE CONTRACTED OUT AND THE CONSTRUCTION TIME FRAME IS MAY THROUGH OCTOBER IN  YEAR OF CONSTRUCTION (TO BE DETERMINED). PUBLIC COMMENT MAY BE MADE TO THE ROAD AND BRIDGE OFFICE IN WRITING OR VIA EMAIL TO MATT.MULDER@BONNERCOUNTYID.GOV OR STEVE.KLATT@BONNERCOUNTYID.GOV.

SEE IMAGE LINKS BELOW FOR EACH OF THE 3 OPTIONS.

OPTION 1 - BONNER COUNTY ROAD DEPARTMENT *PREFERRED OPTION DUE TO COST - CLOSE ONE LANE TO BUILD  HALF OF THE NEW BRIDGE THEN USE NEW SECTION WHILE THE REMAINING BRIDGE LANE IS BUILT. INCLUDES A TEMPORARY TRAFFIC SIGNAL AT EACH END OF CONSTRUCTION ZONE FOR 1 LANE TRAFFIC. WITH APPROXIMATELY A 3 MINUTE WAIT FOR ALTERNATE LANE OF TRAFFIC TO PROCEED THROUGH THE CONSTRUCTION ZONE.

44044-OPT 1_EXIST CL.pdf

OPTION 2 -  NORTH ROUTE BUILD, KEEPING EXISTING BRIDGE AND ROAD OPEN DURING CONSTRUCTION OF NEW ROAD AND BRIDGE. -  RESULTS IN 25% INCREASE IN COST OVER OPTION 1 DUE TO STREAM BED RELOCATION, BUILDING OF NEW ROAD BED AND INCREASED RIGHT OF WAY PURCHASE.

44044-OPT 2_NORTH CL.pdf

OPTION 3 - SOUTH ROUTE BUILD,  KEEPING EXISTING BRIDGE AND ROAD OPEN DURING CONSTRUCTION OF NEW ROAD AND BRIDGE. -  RESULTS IN 20% INCREASE IN COST OVER OPTION 1 DUE TO BUILDING OF NEW ROAD BED AND INCREASED RIGHT OF WAY PURCHASE.

44044-OPT 3_SOUTH CL.pdf

UPDATE 8/11/2020 - FOR EMERGENCY ISSUES FOR RAILROAD CROSSINGS - CALL THE RAILROAD COMPANY PHONE NUMBER ON THE BLUE SIGN POSTED TO THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE CROSSING. IT WILL HAVE THE CROSSING NUMBER POSTED ON THE SIGN. SEE EXAMPLE BELOW. THESE  SIGNS ARE CROSSING SPECIFIC FOR PHONE NUMBER FOR EACH SPECIFIC RAILROAD.

UPDATE 8/11/2020 BLOCKED RAILROAD CROSSINGS - NON EMERGENCY - WHERE TO REPORT THE DATA

Please click on the link below to report blocked railroad crossings (over 15 minutes).

It's a simple form to complete. Identify the crossing number on the sign or click the crossing location on the map, click General Public Report, 1.) answer if the train was stationary, moving or no train, but lights or crossing gate was activated, 2.) the date, 3.) duration crossing was blocked, and 4.) any immediate impacts. Please share this with as many people as necessary so we can accurately capture blocked crossing data. The Federal Railroad Administration will use this reporting function to track crossings that are blocked regularly and this will give them more data to pursue enforcement against railroads that are repeat offenders.

Note: The information needs to be reported within 7 days of the blocked crossing incident.

https://www.fra.dot.gov/blockedcrossings/

UPDATE 7/23/2020- BEGINNING AT 8:30 AM, MONDAY, JULY 27TH KOOTENAI BAY ROAD WILL BE LIMITED TO ONE LANE TRAFFIC FOR INSTALLATION OF MEDIAN / BOLLARDS TO DIRECT TRAFFIC FOR THE QUIET ZONE "NO TRAIN WHISTLE" FOR THE PONDER POINT - WHISKEY JACK ACCESS. FLAGGERS WILL BE ON SITE. EXPECT DELAYS.

RR quiet zone coming to Kootenai Bay Road

Contractor to install a median and bollards in the at-grade railroad crossing, one of the final steps in attaining the Kootenai Bay Road "Quiet Zone" designation from the Federal Railroad Administration. This will be similar to the one in East Hope.

Update 7/23/2020 - Our crews are busy rebuilding and resurfacing roads throughout the County this summer. Chipseal application continues in District 1 in the Blanchard area next week. Wooded Acres Drive is slated for BST application in mid to late August. Chip sealing equipment is shared by the three road districts and goes to District 2 following repairs. District 2 roads to be done include E and W Cedar Ln, Eastshore Rd, Freeman Lake Rd, Hoodoo Loop, Hoop Loop and LeClerc Rd. District 3 will follow with River Rd, Lightning Creek Rd, East Spring Creek Rd, River Lake and N River Lake Dr.

7/01/2020 Message from Steve Klatt, Director, Road and Bridge Department    

Reflections – Summer 2020

The past three months have been a most interesting time in the life of the Bonner County Road Department.  Mid-March found us shuffling half crews on and off for the next six weeks, during which our summer construction schedule began to slip immediately.  By the time we got our full crews working together again, Mother Nature decided to play pranks upon us with frequent and persistent rain events.  Now, at the end of June, we are finishing our mag chloride treatments of early June.

The interruptions and rain delays have also upended our construction schedules for this year.  We have been able to get a substantial amount of work done on North Kootenai Road, brushing work done up on Eastshore Road at Priest Lake, and several smaller roads graveled near Cocolalla Lake that have been waiting a few years.  A project impacted by this year’s interruptions has been our BST project for Lakeshore Drive being split into road improvements later this year and surface treatment being completed next summer.

Chip sealing projects will get underway right after the Fourth in the Sagle area, move out to the Clark Fork area and then up to Priest Lake.  Depending on what little tricks Mother Nature is hiding up her sleeves, we should be done with chips around the middle of August.  We will have a crew working on brushing and ditches up Baldy Mountain Road, plus a contractor clearing right-of-way on Woodland Drive.  We are working on setting up a guardrail project for an area on Denton Road and the striping of roads will get under contract before too much longer.

Bonner County got a unique opportunity to participate in planning efforts funded by the Federal Highway Administration to create a Local Roads Safety Plan.  The numbers of serious and fatal crashes on local roads is disconcerting at best and I have wanted to study our crash data to determine if similarities in crashes exist that might be treated systemically for improved driver safety.  This effort has been made a bit cumbersome by COVID 19 restrictions on travel this year, but getting traffic safety planners to help us analyze our road system is a good starting point.  We have been awarded a grant for right-of-way clearing of hazard trees in a couple of years and that will help reduce the severity of future crashes.

We are working on a project to replace a small bridge that is failing out on the Gypsy Bay Road after summer traffic slows down and have a bridge deck restoration job scheduled up on Peninsula Road once we begin to have some warm days.  There are three more intersection lights we will have installed on Highway 95 south of Sandpoint later this summer and will continue to expand our lighted intersection program each year.  Hard to believe, but we are beginning to gather up our stockpiles of anti-skid material for winter already in a program that costs nearly $2 million each season.  It has been good to add three new trucks to our aging fleet.

Let’s all drive safely and have patience with our crews working to improve your county roads.

Steve Klatt, Director

UPDATE 6/15/2020 - N. KOOTENAI ROAD WILL BE CLOSED AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS FOR CROSS CULVERT REPLACEMENT

MONDAY, JUNE 15TH 7AM TO 4PM - 1200 BLK

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY JUNE 16TH 7AM THRU JUNE 17TH APPROX 3PM AT 2800 BLK

THURSDAY, JUNE 18TH7AM TO 4PM - 3200 BLK

UPDATE 6/09/2020 - BNSF WILL BE CLOSING THE SAGLE ROAD RAILROAD CROSSING FOR TRACK MAINTENANCE ON MONDAY, JUNE 15TH FROM 8:30 AM - 5 PM. PLEASE USE ALTERNATE ROUTES.

UPDATE 6/02/2020-  BNSF WILL BE CLOSING THE ALGOMA SPUR RAILROAD CROSSING FRIDAY, JUNE 5TH FROM 8:30 AM - 4 PM FOR TRACK MAINTENANCE

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