The Idaho Transportation Board held extensive discussions
with staff on three topics when it met Feb. 25 in a workshop
at ITD Headquarters in Boise. Workshop topics were: the use
of consultants, funding of new and maintenance of existing
rest areas, and access management.
ITD staff worked with consultants to prepare an array of
information about the departments use of consultants,
focusing on their work in the Division of Highways. Topics
ranged from the selection and negotiation processes to consultant
costs (including overhead rates, consultant accountability
and maintaining project schedules).
After considerable discussion on establishing a special Rest
Area Program for the construction of new rest area facilities,
the board reached consensus to build two new facilities every
four years. The board wants to revisit the priorities for
new rest areas at a future meeting. District engineers recommended
the following routes for new rest areas:
Because two new rest areas are programmed in the Highway
Development Program, they were not included in the above list.
Those facilities will be located on U.S. 95, Camas Prairie,
District 2, and Idaho 55, Round Valley, District 3. Winchester
and Cottonwood are possible locations being considered by
District 2 staff.
The Access Management Team proposed five goals to consider
while reviewing the departments present access policy.
The administrative policy would be revised to remove the
requirement of an appraisal or set reimbursement for all changes
in regulatory access. It also is considering a change in the
use of farm/field approaches to single family residential
approaches in deeded access, and to address interim access
as a no-fee condition.
The next goal is to establish procedures for notifying the
public when changes in access control place restrictions on
property. The access classification categories and requirements
would be revised to reclassify all urban segments on the state
highway to Type III-F and Type IV and reduce the number of
variances that slow the permit approval process.
Additionally, the team proposes establishment of procedures
to address interim access and to create a new approach spacing
table that also addresses frontage roads.
The board provided comments, but overall, supported the goals.
It believes access, particularly in urban areas where growth
and development are occurring, is an important issue. A good,
fair policy is needed to address all aspects of access management,
including private property issues.
ITD staff will continue to refine the policy.
The board also approved recommendations for funding projects
in the Federal Transit Administration Elderly and Persons
with Disabilities Program, and Rural and Intercity Program.
The approved expenditures are for $408,462 and $1,563,834,
respectively. Board members also approved $312,000 for the
state Vehicle Investment Program (VIP).
VIP funds, among other things, will help purchase vehicles
for the Mountain Home Senior Center, Minidoka Memorial Hospital
and Valley Vista Care Center in Custer County.
Earlier, planning grants and urbanized area formula funds
were approved for the states metropolitan planning organizations.
Also, Discretionary Capital Program funds were approved for
projects such as vehicles for Ada County Highway Districts
vanpool program, a bus facility in Blaine County, transit
facilities in Lewiston, and transit vehicles for Pocatello.
The total Public Transportation program for FY04 is $13,687,053.