The Local Rural Highway Investment Program, similar to ITD’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan, helps small cities, counties and highway districts improve their investments in public highways and streets. Jim Zier, asset manager for the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council (LHTAC), presented a report on the annual plan to ITD’s transportation board when it met in Boise Dec. 12.
Three kinds of projects are funded under LHTAC’s program for cities, counties and highway districts: construction, signs and transportation plans. A maximum of $2.8 million is made available each year for the program, and no jurisdiction may receive more than $100,000 annually.
LHTAC received 84 applications this year, seeking a combined total of $27 million. Of those, 31 projects were approved for funding, Zier reported. They included 16 construction projects, six transportation plans, eight sign projects and one emergency project. Zier said that three more projects could be funded with the surplus of emergency funds.
He also summarized a number of projects that were completed and outlined projects planned for 2008. Although there are many more needs than funding available, Zier said the program is making a difference throughout the state. It was established to assist the small cities, counties, and highway districts to improve their investment in their public highway and street infrastructure.
Zier thanked the board for its support of the program.
Other board discussion
Comprehensive Study of Fee Structures for Vehicles Exceeding 16,000
Memo No. 34 – Strategic planning
The vision statement, which is a description of what ITD will do and where its work efforts will be focused, is: “We will be an industry leader in providing transportation systems and services that are safe, efficient, promote economic vitality and use innovative technology. We will achieve quality through: investing in our people, expanding and enhancing partnerships, leading through agency performance, and improving our customer service culture.”
Additionally, four teams were established to address the focus areas. The respective team leaders provided a brief outline of their charge and introduced the team members. The teams and their leaders are:
The board approved a resolution adopting the new mission and vision and instructed ITD staff to proceed with the focus teams and report back with draft focus area action plans.