Dedication held for the Sand Creek Byway

Dedication held for the Sand Creek Byway
Idaho Transporation Board member Jim Coleman listens as Idaho Transportation Department Deputy Director Scott Stokes thanks a crowd at the dedication ceremony Friday, June 29, 2012, in Sandpoint, Idaho, for the Sand Creek Byway, background. At $100 million, the project is the largest single construction project in Idaho history. (AP Photo/The Bonner Daily Bee, Caroline Lobsinger)

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — An official dedication was held for Northern Idaho's Sand Creek Byway Friday. The byway routes U.S. 95 from downtown Sandpoint across Sand Creek and a three-lane highway.

Friday's dedication ceremony marked the substantial completion of the $100 million project that Republican Rep. George Eskridge of Dover says he first heard about in 1953.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that other state and local officials as well as the lead contractor took part in the ceremony.

Idaho Transportation Board Vice Chair Jim Coleman says the project is the most complex and most expensive ever done in Idaho.

The project has taken four years, and officials say they expect to have it open by mid-July.


Information from: Bonner County Daily Bee


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