A 33-mile segment of highway in Boise County, often closed
for short periods in the winter because of avalanche and rockslide
danger, might be added to the state highway system.
Working through the Idaho Transportation Boards Subcommittee
on Additions to and Deletions from the State Highway System,
representatives of ITDs District 3 have been discussing
transfer of the road to the state. The Banks to Lowman road
connects Idaho 55 at Banks and Idaho 21 at Lowman, and is
an important route for recreational and tourist traffic, including
motorists destined for Stanley from the west.
ITD conducted an Origin Destination Study on the route last
summer. Results indicate that most of the traffic was non-local.
The study supported the high point rating, which was sufficient
to warrant consideration of adding the road to the state system
under current department policy.
Transportation department staff members have developed a
cooperative agreement for the transfer of ownership from Boise
County to the state. The transfer would take place in segments
over time as improvements are completed. The estimated date
for assuming jurisdiction of the entire route is October 2011.
The board will be asked to approve the cooperative agreement
and grant authority to proceed with the transfer plan when
it meets in Boise Monday and Tuesday (March 22, 23). The board
meeting, which is open to the public, will be in the auditorium
Other agenda items for the two-day meeting include:
Report from Interagency Working Group
The Interagency Working Group was established in Idaho Code
to advise and assist ITD in analyzing public transportation
needs, identifying areas for coordination, and developing
strategies for eliminating procedural and regulatory barriers
to the coordination of transportation services at the state
The working group is composed of eight state agencies and
two organizations. It will report to the board on its 2003
activities, including the Pocatello Regional Transit Four-County
Demonstration Project, the Magic Valley Initiative, and the
North Central Idaho Rural Access Initiative.
Community Transportation Enhancement Program (CTEP)
For the past five years, ITD and the Department of Lands have
collaborated on landscaping projects that visually enhance
transportation corridors in Idaho communities.
The Community Transportation Enhancement Program enables
local governments to increase plant species diversity along
highway corridors, provide living screens to negate climate
and visual extremes, and enhance city entrances and arterial
routes. The latter improves a communitys image and enhances
the travel experiences of the motoring public.
The board authorizes $100,000 annually from the Enhancement
Program for the CTEP program, which is administered by the
Department of Lands. A maximum grant of $15,000 is available
to a city, with a local 10% cash match required.
Project coordinator Dave Stephenson will report to the transportation
board on recent projects.
A number of annual reports will be presented to the board
during the two-day session: