Current News

Update 8/15/2017

The railroad crossing at 10300 Lakeshore Dr in Sagle will be closed Tuesday, August 15, 2017, through mid day Wednesday, August 16, 2017  for repairs.  Alternate routes are available.  Signage will be posted today. 

Update 7/11/2017 – Bottle Bay Rd

The contractor will continue paving  Bottle Bay Road through the beginning of next week. Once the road surface is completed, they will be filling in the shoulders and driveway approaches in coming weeks.

 

ROAD CLOSURE

June 23, 2017 Algoma Spur Rd will be closed for railroad work  near Walker Way from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm.

Algoma Spur Railroad Crossing Closure 6/23/2017 8:00 am – 2:30 pm

 

BOTTLE BAY ROAD  RESURFACING PROJECT ROAD CLOSURE & DETOUR

Bottle Bay Rd from Highway 95 to Hanford Dr will be closed on Wednesday, June 21st from 7 am to approximately 6 pm for a layer of cement to be mixed into the road base. 

Residents on Jones Rd and Buck Run are to use Harbor View to exit.  All other residents must use Lignite Rd.  Also Bottle Bay Rd will be posted as a “no hauling” road for a period of one week for the cement base to cure.  No heavy trucks or equipment will be allowed to use this portion of the road.

NO HAULING NOTICE!

EFFECTIVE MONDAY, JUNE 19TH, 2017 AT 6AM, A CEMENT TREATED BASE WILL BE CONSTRUCTED ON TWEEDIE RD THEREFORE IT WILL BE POSTED AS A NO HAULING ROAD FOR 1 WEEK FOR THE CEMENT TO CURE.  NO HEAVY TRUCKS OR EQUIPMENT WILL BE ALLOWED.

 

EFFECTIVE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21ST, 2017 AT 6AM, A CEMENT TREATED BASE WILL BE CONSTRUCTED ON BOTTLE BAY RD FROM HIGHWAY 95 TO LIGNITE RD THEREFORE THIS PORTION OF BOTTLE BAY WILL BE CLOSED ALL DAY.  DETOUR SIGNS WILL BE POSTED. IT WILL ALSO BE POSTED AS A NO HAULING ROAD FOR 1 WEEK FOR THE CEMENT TO CURE.  NO HEAVY TRUCKS OR EQUIPMENT WILL BE ALLOWED.

 WEIGHT LIMITS

PLEASE REMEMBER RED FLAG OR NO FLAG ON THE SIGN MEANS WEIGHT LIMITS ARE IN EFFECT!

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These restrictions will remain in effect until changed, at which time updates will be posted.

For additional information, contact Bonner County Road & Bridge at 255.5681 ext 1 between the hours of 7am to 4pm. Monday through Friday

5/11/2017 Update –  Road Projects

Lakeshore Dr. culvert replacement  May 15th

The BC Road Crew will be replacing a culvert at the 5000 blk of Lakeshore Dr on Monday, May 15th from 8 to 3, please expect delays up to 45 minutes.

 

Bottle Bay resurfacing project begins May 16th

Road construction will start on Bottle Bay Rd on Tuesday, May 16th for approximately 4 weeks. Please expect delays.

4/01/2017

6400 Block Eastriver Rd Slide Area 3/31/2017

3/31/2017 

Effective immediately, Martin Bay Rd in Sagle is closed to all hauling.  This includes companies with permits as well.  Please call Road & Bridge if an emergency comes up for residents needing heating fuel.

Martin Bay Rd is CLOSED TO ALL HAULING

3/22/2017 Spring has sprung.

Graders are out as weather permits on roads that are stable enough for grading of the surface.

Grading of Talache Rd 3/22/2017
Eastriver Slide Area 3/22/2017

3/17/2017 Effective Immediately!
Eastriver Rd is closed at the 6400 block due to a slide. Please use Eastriver Loop as the detour. Local traffic only. Signs are posted at the south and north ends of Eastriver Loop. This is effective immediately.

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6400 block of Eastriver Rd – potential for slide 3/16/2017 – ROAD CLOSED – DETOUR VIA EASTRIVER SPUR

3/16/2017 Update – Thaw and Flooding   

Bonner County Board of Commissioners has declared a State of Emergency in Bonner County due to  flooding and damage.

To report significant road damage or safety issues due to the flooding conditions 7 am – 4 pm, please call the office at 255-5681 .  After 4 pm, please call Bonner County Dispatch at 265-5525.

Gun Club Rd at Highway 95 on 3/16/2017
Sportsman Access Rd is flooded and closed. Residents are using an alternate access – Faith Ln off Cocolalla Loop.
Sportsman Access Rd is closed 3/15/2017 due to flooding

All Bonner County roads are now compromised to some extent due to the prolonged winter and on-going rain.  Except for emergency repairs, there isn’t a lot Road & Bridge can do at this time.  We recognize that potholes are appearing and growing at an exponential rate on most gravel roads.  Frost still exists below most road surfaces evidenced by the moisture retained in and on the roads.  If we start cutting out those potholes now and attempting to regrade the roads, road surfaces will quickly turn to a soupy mud bog-like mess.  We hope the absence of rain over the next few days will prompt melting of the frost and drying of the road surfaces.  As soon as that occurs, all our graders will be out restoring gravel roads to good condition.  Even so, our crews are out doing all they can to keep roads passable and safe.

WEIGHT LIMITS 3/10/2017

NO EARLY MORNING HAULING WILL BE ALLOWED ON ANY BONNER COUNTY MAINTAINED ROADS POSTED WITH WEIGHT LIMITS!

PLEASE REMEMBER RED FLAG OR NO FLAG ON THE SIGN MEANS WEIGHT LIMITS ARE IN EFFECT!

District 1 – South of the Long Bridge 

All roads are posted with weight limits.

 District 2 – Priest River/Priest Lake   

All roads are posted with weight limits.

 District 3 – Sandpoint / Clark Fork   

All roads are posted with weight limits.

 Per  BCRC Ordinance #422, it shall be the responsibility of the hauler to contact the Road & Bridge Department to determine whether or not these restrictions are in place.

 These restrictions will remain in effect until changed, at which time updates will be posted.

For additional information, contact Bonner County Road & Bridge at 255.5681 ext 1 between the hours of 7 am to 4 pm. Monday through Friday.

Curtis Creek Road – Sagle 3/02/2017

 

                                                   UPDATE 2/23/2017                                            

   WEIGHT LIMITS

Effective immediately:  many roads  have been posted with weight limits due to  thawing and extreme saturation. See below:

4800 block Jewel Lake Rd – “One Lane Road”

Thawing and flooding is occurring on several County roads. Please be advised to proceed carefully and report any issues to the Road and Bridge Department, or if after business hours call Bonner County Dispatch at 265-5525.

300 block Whittum Rd. – Water is up to 4 1/2″ deep across road in this 100 foot section.

 

NO EARLY MORNING HAULING WILL BE ALLOWED ON ANY BONNER COUNTY  MAINTAINED ROAD POSTED WITH WEIGHT LIMITS!

2/14/2017

PLEASE DRIVE FOR THE CONDITIONS!

With sunshine and warmer weather, snow melts slowly causing water to run between the ruts and as soon as temperatures drop that water becomes ice. The crews have sanded, but the shaded areas are very dangerous. Please slow down and  be careful.

Sanding truck operators turn off the sanders when they see traffic approaching, but the  rotor continues to turn and the moving truck causes sand to continue for a bit. Safely pull over when you are meeting a sanding plow truck to avoid damage to your vehicle.

2/10/2017 

Please be advised: Dependent upon the thawing trends, Weight Limits may be considered for County roads in the next couple weeks.

                            Icy Conditions and Plowing/Sanding                                             Our policy is to not sand while it is still actively snowing. After snowfall stops we sand where needed after plowing. If you call after hours,  voice mail  will be received the following business day. (If you have an emergency situation after hours that needs to be addressed, please call 911 or dispatch at 265-5525 to report the issue with the Bonner County Sheriff’s Department.) Dispatch will notify the proper district foreman if a call out is necessary.

1/24/2017

This is an example of “winging”. The wing blade is mounted to the side of the grader and is used to knock the berm down so the next snow event there is space for the plows to dump their snow. Please be aware that this excess snow will impact driveways and is the property owner’s responsibility to clear.
1/19/2017 In lieu of the winter storm and thawing, Bonner County road conditions are dangerously icy. Sanders have been dispatched to sand all County maintained roads. Please exercise caution and drive safely. If you can stay home, please do so.

WINTER ROAD MAINTENANCE GUIDE

Bonner County Road & Bridge maintains 709 miles of roads within the County operating from three Districts. Sub-priorities have been set up as guidelines to aid District Foreman in making decisions, as follows:

1 st Priority School bus routes, arterials and major collectors

2 nd Priority All other county maintained roads after 1 st Priority roadways

Snow removal operations will generally begin after a sufficient accumulation of snow. Snow is plowed from roadways to provide two-way traffic as soon as practicable.

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The County maintenance shops screen and stockpile sand for each road district to apply in winter for traction.

3 rd Priority Sanding will not be performed until the roadway has been plowed. Use of sand is limited to steep roadway grades such as in mountainous terrain, at intersections, on overhead structures, and in other areas determined by the department to be hazardous. It is not standard policy to sand straight stretches of roadway because of snow. Road salt is not used. Sand is not applied between 11pm – 4am due to no midnight crewman.

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Ice bits have been installed on many of the County graders to apply grooves to the packed snow floor and ice for traction sand to collect.

Bonner County Road & Bridge offers the following information to assist new and long time residents who have questions and concerns of how the Road & Bridge Department prioritizes its snowplowing during the winter months. We also offer information on how residents can be proactive in securing their mailboxes and safeguarding articles that are placed in the County Right-of-Way. We want everyone to have a safe and secure winter.

Click quick link here – for more winter road maintenance information

Update 12/09/2016

Cavanaugh Bay Road opened to one lane traffic 12/08/2016. Crews continue to improve the road, so please drive with extreme caution.

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Cavanaugh Bay Road opened to one lane traffic 12/08/2016 

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12/06/2016 Back fill, fabric and rock are being put down.

Update 11/29/2016

Crews will be building retaining walls, pouring concrete and compacting fill to secure the culvert in place before any road material will be added to rebuild the road.  There will still be ongoing site work to ready the project for winter. Paving is planned in the spring of 2017.

(More pictures of the project progress can be viewed on our Road Projects page.)

http://bonnercounty.us/road-projects/

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Soldier Creek Project Progress 12/01/2016

Back fill must be evenly completed and compacted on both sides to secure culvert in place.

11/30/2016 Backfill and retaining wall block with geogrid continues.
11/30/2016 Backfill and retaining wall block with geogrid continues.

Soldier Creek is flowing through the new 25′ diameter culvert.

Forms are being set for concrete pour to hold culvert in place.

Update 11/21/2016  

Culvert is assembled 11/21/2016
Culvert is assembled 11/21/2016

Cavanaugh Bay Road – Soldier Creek Culvert Replacement Project

Due to record rainfall this month, the contractor has pushed the  finish date for the Soldier Creek Crossing on Cavanaugh Bay Road to November 30th.  See link to map of detour route below.

Assembly begins on the 25" diameter culvert project at Soldier Creek.
Crews assemble the 25′ diameter culvert  at Soldier Creek.

11/15/2016 Assembly of the 25 diameter culvert begins.

11/15/2016 Assembly of the 25 diameter culvert begins.

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11/14/2016 Crews finally have a dry and stable rock base in the bottom of the excavation.

DETOUR ROUTE AROUND SOLDIER CREEK PROJECT 

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Workers continue preparation of the base for the new 25′ diameter culvert 11/09/2016.

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11/07/2016 Stream diversion measures and pumping finally work along with less rainfall to allow work on the Soldier Creek culvert replacement project to progress.

Update 11/02/2016

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UPDATE 10/25/2016 Due to record rainfall this month, the contractor has pushed the  finish date for the Soldier Creek Crossing on Cavanaugh Bay Road to November 17th.  See link to map of detour route below.

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Record breaking heavy rainfall the month of October has caused project delays. Stream flow and level 10/21/2016

UPDATE 9/29/2016

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The contractor has pushed the start date of this project to October 10th with the finish date to remain November 3rd.  

Please be advised of the upcoming  road closure – Cavanaugh Bay Rd at Soldier Creek crossing for culvert replacement. Signs are posted at both ends of the closure.  A primitive single lane  5 mile long detour road will be open during the road closure. Please note that this road will not be well suited to recreational vehicles and boat trailers, etc. Work is planned to be completed between October 3rd and November 17th. 

Road Safety Audit – Final Report – Bottle Bay Rd

August 1, 2016

Chip sealing Crews are working in  District 3 (Sandpoint area).  

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Please drive safely and respect our workers. We have a limited (weather permitting) window to complete these projects.

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Thank you for your patience.

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When magnesium chloride has been applied, please drive accordingly until it is dry.
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Magnesium chloride is water based and can be removed with water pressure.

Dust Control / Road Stabilization Information for Residents

District 1 began applying magnesium chloride in the first or second week of May 2016.

District 2 began applying magnesium chloride on Monday, April 25, 2016.

District 3 began applying magnesium chloride in mid May 2016.

The program includes 226 miles or 59% of County maintained gravel roads.  Gravel is stabilized to reduce routine maintenance.  This also reduces fugitive dust by 50% to 80%.  100% dust elimination is not feasible.

Dust abatement product is typically applied by Road & Bridge crews during late May & June.  

2015 was proven to be a drier spring, resulting in an earlier start of application.  This product MUST last all summer without re-application.  Rain over 0.10 inches helps rejuvenate dust control.

Due to budget constraints, roads must have over 100 average daily traffic counts to be considered for the program.  Road & Bridge conducts formal traffic counts annually where deemed necessary.  That amount of traffic wears down gravel causing a 10-year rehabilitation cycle.  Annual dust control cost is about equal to replacement gravel cost.  Tax dollars are spent effectively.

Dust Abatement Truck Applicating

County maintained gravel roads not in the program may receive dust control at the expense of private parties (not tax payers).  Residents may hire a licensed and bonded contractor to apply dust control.  Contractors MUST secure a permit from Road & Bridge prior to applying dust control on County maintained gravel roads.

Contact Road & Bridge for a list of authorized contractors, email:  roads@bonnercountyid.gov

Road & Bridge cannot be hired to apply dust control for private parties.

Privately maintained roads are NOT eligible for the Road & Bridge dust control program.  If Road & Bridge does not plow snow off your road, then we will not apply dust control on your road.

Updated -May 3, 2016  Weight Limits – Road Restrictions

 District 1 – South of the Long Bridge  –    Weight limits have been lifted from all roads 

District 2 – Priest River/Priest Lake – Carr Creek Rd —Weight limits have been lifted from all roads 

District 3 – Sandpoint / Clark Fork –  Weight limits have been lifted from all roads 

PDF of current postings:

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Updated – January 25, 2016                                                                       Currently, several roads in the  Laclede, Wrenco Loop and Priest River areas of District 2 are posted with weight limits and green flags. This means weight limits are imminent, therefore all heavy equipment should be moved off of County maintained roads as soon as possible. 

Updated – January 22, 2016                                                                                     Due to the current warming trend and present thawing, weight limits and road restrictions will be considered in the near future. More information will be posted on our web site as roads in each district are assessed.

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Updated January 8, 2016                                                                                         Due to recent thawing, snow floors are getting soft and difficult to navigate. Crews are out grading/ cutting snow floors during the work week.  Please drive safely.

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Updated – December 31, 2015                                                                                     Have a safe and Happy New Year!                                                                       The road department has and continues to receive many phone calls requesting sand on icy roads.  We are doing our best to meet those requests.  For your information, the department has already used approximately 50% of our sand budgeted for the current season.

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Our crews are cutting snow floors on roads which can leave a berm across driveways and by mailboxes which is the residents’ responsibility to clear.

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Please be aware that the policy is to not sand while it is actively snowing. After snowfall stops we sand where needed after plowing or grading.

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See Winter Road Maintenance Guide for more information.

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Updated – December 28, 2015

Icy Conditions and Plowing/Sanding                                                                Our policy is to not sand while it is still actively snowing. After snowfall stops we sand where needed after plowing. If you call after hours,  voice mail  will be received the following business day. (If you have an emergency situation after hours that needs to be addressed, please call 911 or dispatch at 265-5525 to report the issue with the Bonner County Sheriff’s Department.) Dispatch will notify the proper district foreman if a call out is necessary.

As of December 28, 2015, Road and Bridge Department currently has several plow/sander trucks out of service for repairs. We expect to have at least 2 of them back on the road as of December 29.

Updated December 16, 2015

Flood Damage Repairs

North Boyer Road has been reopened and Schweitzer Creek has returned back to its original channel as of December 16, 2015. The creek overflowed to a width of 300 – 400 feet wide and washed out a portion of the road on December 9, 2015.20151209_095905_resized 20151209_095912_resized 20151209_095918_resized IMG_0473 IMG_0474 IMG_0488 IMG_0490 IMG_0491 IMG_0495 IMG_0526 IMG_0528 IMG_0530

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