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Minnick gets North Idaho road project moved up

Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick has jarred the Army Corps of Engineers into speeding up its work on an environmental impact statement that had been holding up the giant Garwood to Sagle construction project on Highway 95 in North Idaho. “It has been out there a while, I’m not going to tap-dance about it,” said Leroy Phillips, deputy division chief for the Corps’ Walla Walla district. “Once it was indicated that this has become a really high priority … it’s been brought to the forefront.” Now, the Corps is promising the draft EIS will be out for initial comment by March 13 - that’s in two weeks - and the final report will be done by March 20. You can read my full story here at

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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