ITD unveils draft STIP plan for public review, comments
ITD recently released the draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for fiscal years 2011-2014 for public review and comment.
The document identifies approximately $2 billion in transportation-related projects planned for construction through the year 2014. Included are projects for highways, bicycle and pedestrian paths, transit and aeronautics. The draft plan also includes continued authorizations of the GARVEE Transportation Program as approved by the Idaho Legislature.
The Idaho Transportation Board sets aside a 30-day review and comment period for the draft STIP each year. The document can be viewed at www.itd.idaho.gov, click on the red draft STIP box. Access to a comment form appears throughout the document.
“The Idaho Transportation Board and I encourage you to contact any of the staff listed in the draft STIP for more information concerning current or potential projects in your local area,” ITD Director Brian Ness said. “I thank all of you who have proposed projects, made comments, participated in the STIP process, and worked hard to bring all of the many transportation projects into reality. I ask that you stay involved in our continuing effort to preserve and improve Idaho’s transportation system.”
The STIP’s year-round planning process relies on extensive public involvement and input from transportation stakeholders, including metropolitan planning organizations; tribal governments; city, county and highway district officials; constituent groups; and concerned citizens. This input helps the Idaho Transportation Board prioritize projects and identify new improvements to meet the needs of Idaho travelers.
Public comment on the draft Fiscal Year 2011-2014 STIP will be accepted through Aug. 6. Comments can be made via email, mail, phone or fax.
Following the comment period, the Idaho Transportation Board will review the STIP recommendations and make final decisions this fall.
Copies of the draft STIP are available at the following transportation department offices:
Individuals without Web access who would like a copy of the document may contact ITD’s Division of Transportation Planning by calling (208) 332-7823, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or writing to P.O. Box 7129, Boise, ID 83707-1129.