Idaho Transportation Department’s U.S. 95 Sand Creek Byway project was a multimodal project aimed to increase pedestrian traffic in downtown Sandpoint while diverting large trucks out of the town’s center. The completed project is popular among residents and businesses, receiving praise from the local Chamber of Commerce. With the increased pedestrian activity, businesses can thrive in downtown Sandpoint. The project was completed ahead of schedule, saving motorist delays and minimalizing impact to local businesses.The 2.1 mile byway is the largest single construction project undertaken by the Idaho Transportation Department. The goal of the project was to connect the lakeshore, Amtrak station, and downtown business district through a safe and efficient road and pedestrian network. ITD worked to enhance other transportation modes while preserving the aesthetics of the picturesque lakeshore town. The project constructed a new roadway, bike and pedestrian paths, six bridges and retaining walls.
The byway opened to the public in July 2012, nearly four months ahead of schedule.