By KEITH ERICKSON
Smoother rides are in store for motorists traveling on a scenic stretch of Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive east of the city.
A $1.6 million overlay project planned for later this summer will occur along a 4.2-mile stretch from West Silver Beach Loop east to Higgens Point.
A fair amount of bumps, cracks and small holes jostle drivers traveling along the roadway that runs along the east side of Lake Coeur d’Alene and is part of the North Idaho Centennial Trail.
The roadway is used by residents in the area, but also by boaters, anglers, eagle-watchers in December and people who walk and run along the Centennial Trail, which ends at Higgens Point.
The Eastside Highway District project is being funded by the Idaho Transportation Department, said highway district supervisor John Pankratz.
The project includes new pavement, seal and striping.
“Drivers will see a considerable improvement, plus the resurfacing should have a 20-year life cycle,” Pankratz said.
Funding for the overlay project comes from part of $2.7 million the ITD provided to the highway district last year when the district assumed maintenance responsibilities for the lakeside road.
Pankratz said the project is expected to last about a month and motorists can expect intermittent delays.
The highway district supervisor also provided updates on two other upcoming projects:
Some $1.8 million in federal Forest Service funds will shoulder the cost of repairing a slide area on Yellowstone Trail Road off Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive near Booth Park and Exit 22.
“It’s been eroding for 20-plus years,” Pankratz said.
The repairs are expected to occur in 2021 or 2022.
Design is underway for a $1.8 million repaving project on French Gulch and Fernan Hill Road. Construction on that project is tentatively scheduled for 2021.