The Transportation Board this week authorized ITD staff to
begin developing a cooperative agreement with Boise County
to transfer the Banks Lowman highway to the state.
The 33-mile route, connecting Idaho 55 at Banks with Idaho
21 at Lowman, will be transferred in segments as improvements
are made to the road, bringing them up to state standards.
Board members, meeting at ITD Headquarters in Boise, agreed
the route functions as a state highway since it serves largely
a non-local traffic base, according to a July
6, 2003 destination study.
Boise County will be responsible for making improvements,
such as rockslide mitigation, signs, and guardrail projects,
as well as continuing to maintain the highway to the fullest
extent possible in the interim.
As segments are transferred to state ownership, the cooperative
agreement outlines maintenance responsibilities, which are
to be under county contract until ITD has sufficient resources
to assume maintenance functions.
Boise County Commissioner Dale Hanson said the road is often
plagued by rockslides, which creates a financial and maintenance
burden. He also reminded the board that part of the highway
was once on the state system, designated as Idaho 17.
Other board action Monday and Tuesday (March 22 and 23):
Interagency Working Group
The Interagency Working Group (IWG), which was established
to assist ITD with public transportation issues, outlined
three main initiatives it is involved with:
The Board expressed support for these initiatives and for
the efforts of the IWG. It believes the collaboration and
coordination of in the public transportation agencies are
commendable, and are also vital to the success of statewide
Board members expressed their appreciation for annual reports
on various programs and commended ITD staff. Following are
highlights from those presentations: