The Idaho Transportation Board will precede its monthly business meeting next week with an informal breakfast meeting with the Mini-Cassia Transportation Committee on Wednesday and a firsthand look at potential District 4 interstate projects.
Wednesday morning’s meeting with the Mini-Cassia delegation will be in Burley. Board members then will travel east on I-84 and learn from ITD staff about future interstate projects. They also will watch a demonstration of a maintenance procedure known as “the Zipper” by ITD staff.
The afternoon schedule will focus on projects in Jerome and Twin Falls, including Idaho 79 and the U.S. 93, Twin Falls Alternate Route, Stages 1 and 2.
May 17 business meeting
The board subcommittee on State Highway System Adjustments has been working on the relinquishment of Idaho 79 to the city of Jerome. District staff and local officials have negotiated a road closure and maintenance agreement whereby ITD would pay $2.25 million to relinquish the approximate two-mile section of road to the city.
The money is to be used for future operations and maintenance of the route, the state’s portion of a signal installation, a seal coat on the roadway, a rehabilitation project, and repairs to sidewalks, curb and gutter. After traveling the route during its Wednesday tour, board members will consider approval of the recommendation during its Thursday business meeting.
Safe Routes to School
A Safe Routes to School Advisory Committee has been established to review the applications for funding and recommend projects to the transportation board. The board will be asked to approve $1.3 million in infrastructure-related projects and $179,527 for non-infrastructure projects. Some of the cities that have proposed projects for funding are Ammon, Bellevue, Driggs, Coeur d’Alene, Grace, Lewiston, Rockland and Sandpoint.
FY09 budget policy direction
Although guidance has not been received from the Division of Financial Management and Legislative Services Office yet, staff is estimating a 5 percent change in employee compensation, a $2 million increase in employer benefit costs, and a 2 percent general inflation rate increase. Other budget adjustments, such as utilities, postage and replacement equipment, are being developed.