State Route 5 in Idaho
State Route 5 or SH-5 is a state route in the U.S. state of Idaho. The road forms an east-west route in the north of the state, between Plummer and St Maries. The road is 31 kilometers long.
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SH-5 along Chatcolet Lake.
State Route 5 links US 95 in Plummer and State Route 3 in St Maries. The road leads through a mountainous area with peaks up to 1,100 meters, but also along Chatcolet Lake, part of the larger Lake Coeur d’Alene.
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Little is known about the history of State Route 5. The road has some regional significance as it is the first link south of the large Lake Coeur d’Alene.
2,000 to 3,000 vehicles use State Route 5 daily.
State Route 6 in Idaho
State Route 6, also known as SH-6 is a state route in the U.S. state of Idaho. The road forms an east-west route in the north of the state, from the Washington state border at Potlatch to Santa. SH-6 is 65 kilometers long.
SH-6 on the Washington border.
SH-6 begins at the Washington State border, where State Route 272 joins Washington from Palouse. The road leads east through a sloping area of meadows, then west of the village of Potlatch a short double number with US 95. The village of Potlatch is also the largest town on the route. To the east the terrain becomes more mountainous and becomes densely forested. The road leads over a low and not too difficult mountain pass of 1,100 meters altitude. West of the village of Santa, SH-6 ends at SH-3.
Little is known about the history of SH-6. The road is of little importance for through traffic, but it is one of the few east-west routes in this area.
Every day, 800 vehicles drive on the border with Washington and 3,300 vehicles on the double numbering with US 95. After that, 1,700 vehicles drive to Harvard and 600 vehicles further to Santa.
State Route 7 in Idaho
State Route 7 or SH-7 is a state route in the U.S. state of Idaho. The road forms a rather curious route around Orofino and is 27 kilometers long.
State Route 7 begins as a continuation of the Russell Ridge Road on a plateau at 900 meters, but then descends into the deep valley of the Clearwater River at 300 meters. This is on a winding gravel road to US 12 in Orofino. The road has a short double numbering with US 12 and crosses the Clearwater River in the town of Orofino. The road then continues along the north bank to the village of Ahsahka, located at the foot of the huge 219 meter high Dworshak Dam.
In the past, the route was planned as a longer route to Grangeville, passing over the highlands rather than through the Clearwater River valley. Only the portion north of county line north of Lewis County is still under Idaho control. It is unclear why this road has the status of a state highway, given the very limited importance of the route and low development standard. The part south of Orofino is partly unpaved.
Every day 100 to 150 vehicles drive south of Orofino and 1,600 vehicles between Orofino and Ahsahka.
State Route 8 in Idaho
State Route 8 or SH-8 is a state route in the U.S. state of Idaho. The road forms an east-west route in the west of the state, from the Washington state border through Moscow to Elk River. State Route 8 is 86 kilometers long.
State Route 8 begins at the Washington State border, where State Route 270 enters Washington from Pullman. The road then leads through the town of Moscow, known for its university. This region is known as the Palouse, a sloping grassland. To the east, however, the landscape becomes more forested and mountainous. State Route 8 has a double numbering with State Route 3 between Deary and Bovill. The road continues to the remote village of Elk River, from where one can only proceed via forest service roads.
The western part has traditionally been the most important, connecting the nearby towns of Pullman, Washington and Moscow, Idaho. Moscow also has a university. The rest of the route has a somewhat more secondary importance for local access.
17,000 vehicles drive daily on the border with Washington, dropping to just 4,000 vehicles east of Moscow and 1,000 to 1,500 vehicles between Troy and Deary. The route from Bovill to Elk River is limited to 600 vehicles per day.