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ITD Projects Southeast Idaho U.S. 89 Utah Line to Montpelier Corridor Plan

U.S. 89 Utah Line to Montpelier Corridor Plan


Project Facts
Key Number: 08450
Project Number: NH-1530 (101)

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is developing a 20-year corridor plan to guide future management of U.S. Highway 89. The plan will consider a broad range of potential improvements to the corridor to assure that it continues to serve the region and remains a vital link in the state and national highway system. This big picture approach leads to good, cost-effective solutions.


Study Background
Designated as part of the National Highway System, U.S. 89 provides service from the Mexican border at Nogales to the Canadian border at Glacier National Park in the state of Montana. U.S. 89 is an important gateway to Idaho, entering the state at the Utah-Idaho border alongside Bear Lake just north of Garden City, Utah. From there it continues north-northeast through several small communities to the town of Montpelier, then east through Montpelier Canyon in the Caribou National Forest to the Wyoming border. Whether viewing its entire length from Mexico to Canada or any section in between U.S. 89 links important recreational, scenic, and historic sites. It also functions as Main Street for several communities along the route.

Study Description
The corridor plan examines a broad range of questions:
  • What should to be done to address existing problems?
  • How is the highway used now and how will that change in the future?
  • How will the corridor be affected by adjacent land uses?
  • Will pedestrian and bicycle facilities be needed?

This long-range planning process helps ITD identify and resolve transportation issues prior to developing individual roadway improvement projects. By working with affected communities and stakeholders, a broad range of issues and alternatives can be addressed in a comprehensive way, rather than on a site-specific basis.

The planning process documents and evaluates existing highway conditions, traffic, land use plans, the natural environment, and the needs and expectations of stakeholders and jurisdictions that are served by U.S. 89. The process looks to the future based on local land use plans, proposed developments and forecasts of future traffic volumes.

A long-range plan for the U.S. 89 highway corridor will be the end product. It will identify both near-term and long-term improvements that will be needed to meet existing and future travel needs of residents, businesses, visitors, and through travelers.

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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