The Idaho Transportation Board Wednesday will consider a request from District 3 staff to add a project in FY05 to the State Highway Development Program.
The board will meet in the auditorium at ITD Headquarters beginning at 2:30 p.m. The meeting will run through the afternoon. Thursday’s agenda includes an executive session at 8 a.m., followed by regular board items and a concluding luncheon at noon.
District 3 is conducting corridor planning studies for both Idaho 16 from Eagle to Emmett and Idaho 44 (Interstate 84 to Star). Originally, an interchange was contemplated where the highways intersect, however its configuration was unclear. That led to discussions of an at-grade intersection.
A significant increase in growth and development near the proposed intersection has occurred, and significant commercial development is expected to follow. The commercial improvements would preclude future development of an interchange.
Because it is believed that construction of an interchange or at least the preservation of right-of-way for a future interchange is necessary, District 3 staff will request a right-of-way preservation study, anticipated to cost $378,000.
Other board agenda items:
Snake River Crossing Environmental Impact Statement,
The Greater Twin Falls Area Transportation Committee asked the transportation board in July for assistance with the matching funds.
The board’s Subcommittee on Adjustments to the State Highway System considered the request at its November meeting. The subcommittee recommended approval of $250,000 of state funds for the remaining match.
Collection of Past Due Accounts
Motor Carrier Advisory Committee
The luncheon will begin at approximately noon.