Transportation in virtually every geographic region of Idaho will benefit from a six-year transportation bill approved by Congress today and forwarded to the President for signing.
Funding in the federal bill will help Idaho’s transportation system grow to meet the needs of a burgeoning economy and rapidly increasing population while addressing public transportation and safety concerns.
The bill also includes $147 million for a number of specific projects that have been identified as Idaho priorities. Among the major projects are:
Of these projects, $10 million will come from federal funds outside of Idaho’s formula apportionments.
"The Ten Mile interchange project is critical for our community and this valley as a whole," said Meridian mayor Tammy DeWeerd.
"This project has been a great example of partnerships and how important it is to work collaboratively – the city of Meridian, the Idaho Transportation Department, COMPASS, and our Congressional delegation.
"Senator Crapo and his staff have been key to the
funding of this project. We are appreciative of the efforts that have
been made on behalf of this crucial project for our growing community,
western Ada County and East Canyon County."
“The $8.6 million dollars (for improvements to Amity Road) is great news for the city of Nampa. I am grateful for Senator Crapo’s and Craig’s efforts in getting this money, which will help begin the Amity widening process. It’s a fantastic complement to Nampa’s GO-Bond for the Kings Overpass. The expansion of Amity will help the demands of Nampa’s growth for years to come."
In addition to those priority projects, more than $5 million is included in the federal bill for as public transportation in Idaho: $3.8 for a multimodal facility in Boise and $1.5 million for public transportation statewide.