Board considers funding requests, staff reports
Two transportation committees were scheduled to present their priority requests for funding during the Idaho Transportation Boards monthly meeting today in Idaho Falls.
The Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality (CMAQ) technical review committee and the enhancement advisory committee met recently to review and prioritize their respective project applications. Their recommendations for Fiscal Year 2006 and 2007 funding through the CMAQ and Enhancement programs exceed available funding, as has been the recent trend.
The projects will be included in the draft Statewide Transportation
Improvement Program (STIP), which will be distributed for public review
and comment later this summer. It will go to the board for approval
FY05-08 State Highway Development Program
The state projects approved at this weeks meeting will be included in the draft STIP that enters the public involvement process in July. State projects are not required to meet all of the public involvement processes required of federal projects, but ITD is committed to providing opportunities for public input and consideration.
ITD anticipates $51 million will be available for the state program in FY05. The program continues ITDs emphasis on pavement rehabilitation, bridge improvements/replacements, congestion mitigation, and safety projects.
2005 Legislative Agenda
ITD is considering 18 concepts for 2005. The board will provide direction on which of the proposals to forward to the legislature.
The board is meeting in the City Electric Building in Idaho Falls rather than at the District 6 office in Rigby because remodeling has not been completed. When the project is finished, the Rigby office will better accommodate individuals with disabilities and meet standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Before meeting in Idaho Falls today, the board toured part of the district on Thursday. The tour emphasized improvement projects in the U.S. 20 corridor west of Idaho Falls.
Other tour stops included Craters of the Moon National
Monument where board members discussed with officials from the Bureau
of Land Management plans for the monument and area highways; tours of
the Targhee Regional Public Transit Authority facilities in Idaho Falls
and a look at the services it provides; and discussions with the Idaho
Falls airport manager about aviation issues.