This post is for bicycling touring cyclists who have trips planned or are planning any bicycle trips on I90 through the Idaho Panhandle. There is going to be some construction you need to be aware of in the section between Mullan, Idaho and Lookout Pass.
A big shout out needs to go to Brian Shea and the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) Team for providing this update before the pedals start really turning!
The following will be posted on the ITD Bike/Ped website under “Upcoming Events” at www.itd.idaho.gov/bike_ped sometime in the next couple of days.
But for now go ahead and spread the word!
Reconstruction of two-lanes on I-90 from Mullan to Lookout Pass is scheduled to begin on April 11, 2016. The two lanes open to traffic will be narrow with no shoulders making this section extremely hazardous for bicyclists. To safely accommodate cyclists, ITD will be providing a shuttle service which can be accessed by using telephones set up at each end of the project. The number is 208-755-3230. The phones will not be activated until April 4.
Northern route (going eastbound) Take Exit 43 off I-90 to Kingston/Enaville. Travel through Kingston, Enaville, Prichard and Murray to Thompson Pass. Continue over the pass to Thompson Falls, MT. Go south on Hwy-200 through Plains and Paradise, MT. Turn west on Hwy-135 to St. Regis. Rejoin I-90 in St. Regis. The road is paved all the way, very scenic and frequently used by cyclists.
Southern route (going eastbound) Please note there is no viable southern option for road cyclists. However, if bicycles are set up for gravel, i.e., a mountain bike or a bicycle with at least 700x32c tires; there is a much shorter detour—only 11.5 miles to the Lookout Pass Ski Area in Montana on I-90. It is the NorPac Trail.
Details can be found at http://friendsofcdatrails.org/maps/for_all/09_NorPac_Trail.pdf