The highway bonding bill just passed the Senate 34-1, with lots of praise for all those who worked on the $200 million compromise plan between lawmakers, the governor, and the Idaho Transportation Department. The bill, which now goes to the governor, includes major upgrades for U.S. Highway 95 in North Idaho, an accident-prone route that is the state’s only north-south highway.
“The section of highway up there has more tragedies than any section in the state,” said Sen. Mike Jorgenson, R-Hayden Lake. “This seems a little bittersweet, and this is the sweet part of what we’re getting.”
Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, said, “Good senators, my district is going to benefit the most on this bill. We will see $80 million of needed highway projects done in my district alone. I wish to thank … (all those) that have come together to make this happen.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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