Transportation Department seeks public comment in July on planned projects

BOISE - The Idaho Transportation Department is seeking public comment from July 1 - July 30 on the Idaho Transportation Investment Program (ITIP), and all transportation stakeholders are encouraged to participate.

The ITIP is a seven-year "roadmap" for planning and developing transportation projects, including:

-  Highways and bridges
-  Bicycle and pedestrian facilities
-  Highway safety
-  Railroad crossing safety
-  Airports
-  Public transportation
-  Transportation planning
-  Freight

The department is offering an online, interactive map that allows users to choose specific project categories, and learn about work that is planned for the area of Idaho they're interested in. It's called the Idaho Transportation Project Map. To view the draft ITIP and interactive map, please visit: www.itd.idaho.gov/funding/?target=draft-itip. 

The draft ITIP document lists projects by highway route and location, identifies projected years for right-of-way acquisition, preliminary engineering, construction and estimated project costs. It also lists local construction projects that are federally funded.

 

Some projects of note planned for Southwest Idaho include:

  • Adding lanes to I-84 in Nampa to Caldwell
  • Adding lanes to US-20/26 (Chinden Blvd) west of Eagle Road
  • Adding lanes to Idaho Highway 55 (Karcher Rd) between Midway and Middleton Roads
  • Realigning ID-55 to improve safety from Smiths Creek to Round Valley
  • Adding a third lane on westbound I-84 west of Hammett
  • The projects start in 2019, and go through 2025.

 

Public comments will help the department determine if proposed projects meet the department's three main objectives of improving safety, mobility and economic opportunity.

Production of the ITIP is a year-round process that relies on input from elected officials, citizens, tribal governments, other state and federal agencies, Idaho's metropolitan planning organizations, the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council, and other interested organizations.

Comments can be e-mailed to adam.rush@itd.idaho.gov or mailed to:

  •  ITIP - Comments, Attn: Adam Rush, P.O. Box 7129, Boise, ID  83707-1129.

Paper or CD copies of the ITIP will be provided upon request by contacting Rush at (208) 334-8119 or by e-mail at adam.rush@itd.idaho.gov.

All comments on the draft will be reviewed after July 30. After approval by the Idaho Transportation Board, the ITIP is submitted to the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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