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Cheyenne Overpass Environmental Assessment

Project Facts
Key Number: 7508
Project Number: DHP-1564(001)
This project was initiated by the City of Pocatello in 1999 to find ways to improve safety at the at-grade Union Pacific Railroad crossing on Cheyenne Avenue in Pocatello.

Project Background
In 1996 the Bannock Planning Organization (BPO), the regional metropolitan planning organization for northern Bannock and eastern Power counties and the cities of Chubbuck and Pocatello, identified the need for a connecting roadway from South 5th Avenue to Bannock Highway.
A long-Range-Transportation Plan update in 1996 also identified the need for a Bannock Highway-South 5th Avenue connector to decrease congestion and improve mobility on Bannock Highway.

Project Description
The proposed project would provide a new system linkage to the transportation system that serves the Pocatello area to and from the south by constructing a five-lane, east-west connector between Bannock Highway and South 5th Avenue. The proposed action would also improve regional travel by providing an alternate route from the Indian Hills-Johnny Creek area to central Pocatello. In addition, the project would improve the safety of crossing the UPRR tracks between Benton Street and Portneuf Road by providing a grade-separated crossing allowing uninterrupted traffic flow between Bannock Highway and South 5th Avenue north to the I-15/South 5th Avenue interchange.

What’s Happened So Far
The Cheyenne Environmental Assessment study team met with the public during the development and refinement of the alternatives. Public meetings were held in May 2000 and January 2001. The Citizen’s Advisory Committee met in October 2000, and January, May and December of 2001.

Since these meetings, the study team has been analyzing the alternatives and working with local, state and federal officials to complete the environmental assessment.

The following alternatives were identified for study: Cheyenne Avenue, Shoshoni North, Shoshoni South, Hildreth North, Hildreth South, Extension Option and Leo-Harper, plus a “No Build” option to be used as a baseline.

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Mark Snyder, Project Manager ITD District 5
(208) 239-3336

Deirdre Castillo, City Engineer
City of Pocatello
(208) 234-6587

Compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act
The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is committed to compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all related regulations and directives. ITD assures that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any ITD service, program, or activity. The department also assures that every effort will be made to prevent discrimination through the impacts of its programs, policies, and activities on minority and low-income populations. In addition, the department will take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to services for persons with Limited English Proficiency.

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