Idaho Transportation Board members learned about the perceptions and priorities of Idahoans who use the transportation system during a report last week on the Idaho Traveler Opinion and Perception Survey. Findings of the extensive study were presented at the April board meeting in Pocatello, April 21-22.
The phone-based public opinion survey included more than 600 Idaho residents last winter.
The survey was an extension of a national survey commissioned by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Northwest Research Group, Inc., an Idaho-based company, developed and administered Idaho’s survey. The consultant will prepare a report that compares Idaho’s survey data to the regional and national survey data conducted for FHWA.
Northwest Research Group Project Manager Jennifer Dorothea reported on the key findings of the survey. Following is a sample of answers emerging from the comprehensive surveys that averaged 24 minutes each:
Other board agenda items
Forest Highway Program
Approximately $30 million in funds is available for FY05. Some of the projects included in the program for FY05 include improving the Salmon River Road (Forest Highway 60), overlaying a portion of the Cascade Warm Lake Road (Forest Highway 22), and replacing the Moyie River Bridge on Meadow Creek Road (Forest Highway 94).
Jerome School District presentation
School officials told board members they have been working closely with ITD’s District 4 staff on the access request. District Engineer Devin Rigby concurred and said he supports the proposed access. The board members are pleased with the partnership the two entities have established and expressed support for the access. They will consider funding the project when the updated Statewide Transportation Improvement Program is presented for approval.
Committee spokespersons thanked the board for the numerous projects recently completed or scheduled in the area. Some of the projects mentioned include the proposed additional Snake River Crossing in the Twin Falls area, improvements on Idaho 25 by Minico High School and reconstruction of Idaho 77, Albion Hill.
The city of Burley elaborated on its efforts to relocate the airport. A preferred site has been chosen: north of Interstate 84 near the Burley exit. An environmental assessment will be completed before right-of-way acquisition and construction. The new facility is scheduled to open in 2009.
The board traveled Idaho 77 and the City of Rocks Backcountry Byway to the City of Rocks National Reserve. The group stopped at the Castle Rock State Park visitor center. Department of Parks and Recreation officials participated on the tour and elaborated on development plans for the state’s newest park and provided information on the popular National Reserve.
The City of Rocks National Reserve is more than 14,000 acres and receives approximately 85,000 visitors annually. The park offers internationally renowned rock climbing, camping, horseback riding, mountain biking, backpacking, photography and wildlife viewing.