The Idaho Transportation Board will meet in a work session
at the Headquarters auditorium Wednesday to discuss the departments
use of consultants and other agenda items.
A team of ITD personnel from Headquarters and the districts
will join consultants to present information and participate
in discussions about how and when consultants are used. The
presentation will include:
Other major items on the boards Wednesday/Thursday
Rest Area Construction Program
Based on previous discussions with the board, ITDs staff
developed a special Rest Area Rehabilitation and Reconstruction
Program to maintain and improve existing facilities. The program
will include $2.6 million annually from the Highway Development
Program and $1.4 million from the Operations budget for FY05.
Staff will summarize the new program and present the list
of priorities the district engineers developed for the construction
of new rest areas.
Eight new rest areas were prioritized for construction. The
top four are: the U.S. 20/Idaho 75 junction (south of Bellevue)
in District 4; in the Hollister area on U.S. 93 in District
4; on Idaho 78 between Marsing and Bruneau in District 3;
and near the junction of U.S. 95 and Idaho 55 (close to Marsing)
in District 3.
Two others already are programmed for construction. Although
the location of the District 2 rest area on the Camas Prairie
along U.S. 95 (between Lewiston and Grangeville) has not been
determined, sites near Winchester and Cottonwood are being
explored. The other facility will be constructed in the Round
Valley area on Idaho 55, between Boise and Cascade, in District
FY04/State FY05 Public Transportation Grant Funding
The Division of Public Transportation completed the public
meeting and application review process for two Federal Transit
Administration Programs for the FY04 and FY05 State Vehicle
The Public Transportation Advisory Council reviewed and concurred
with ITD staff recommendations for funding projects.
The board will be asked to approve the Elderly and Persons
with Disabilities Program in the amount of $408,462, the Rural
and Intercity Program for $1.6 million and the Vehicle Investment
Program totaling $312,000.
The state program is contingent on legislative approval of
the departments FY05 budget.