The Idaho Transportation Board attended the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho annual conference luncheon in downtown Boise as part of its Nov. 14 business meeting. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter was the keynote speaker. In his address, Otter acknowledged the need for additional revenue for the state’s transportation system.
However, he said that before fuel taxes are increased, he would like to see more efficiency measures from the Transportation Department.
noted that Idaho has a need for $16 billion in transportation funding.
Based on the premise that 10 percent is needed to take care of assets,
that means transportation needs $1.6 billion. He said the department
definitely does not have enough money for its future needs.
Other board discussion
measures (See related
Some of the key indicators since 1990 are:
Some efficiency highlights include:
The draft report will be presented to legislators during the upcoming legislative outreach meetings to be held in each district, and then finalized for the 2008 legislative session.
Design savings result in program changes (See
Types of modifications include changing the pavement depth, design exceptions, rehabilitating only the travel lanes, changing seal coat limits and rehabilitating rather than replacing segments of deteriorated highways. The savings, which are to be retained within the respective districts, have been committed to advancing projects, new pavement preservation projects, adding passing lanes and restoring priority projects to their initial concepts.
The board approved changes to the current Highway Capital Investment Program to incorporate the projects to be funded through the Practical Design initiative.