BOISE — The Idaho Transportation Department is seeking public comment on the fiscal year 2019-25 draft of the Idaho Transportation Investment Program.

Since July 1 and until July 30, ITD is encouraging the public and transportation stakeholders to participate. Public comments will help the department determine if proposed projects meet the department’s three main objectives of improving safety, mobility and economic opportunity.

The ITD Investment Program is a seven-year “roadmap” for planning and developing transportation projects, including:

  • Highways and bridges
  • Bicycle and pedestrian facilities
  • Highway safety
  • Railroad crossing safety
  • Airports
  • Public transportation
  • Transportation planning
  • Freight

ITD is offering an online, interactive map — the Idaho Transportation Project Map — that allows users to choose specific project categories planned in the area of Idaho they're interested in. To view the draft map visit www.itd.idaho.gov/funding/?target=draft-itip.

Some projects of note planned for Southwest Idaho include:

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  • Adding lanes to Interstate 84 in Nampa to Caldwell
  • Adding lanes to US-20/26 (Chinden Boulevard) west of Eagle Road
  • Adding lanes to Idaho Highway 55 (Karcher Road) between Midway and Middleton roads
  • Realigning ID-55 to improve safety from Smiths Creek to Round Valley
  • Adding a third lane on westbound I-84 west of Hammett

The projects start in 2019 and go through 2025.

Production of the Idaho Tranportation Investment Program is a year-round process that relies on input from elected officials, citizens, tribal governments, other state and federal agencies, Idaho’s metropolitan planning organizations, the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council, and other interested organizations.

Comments can be emailed to adam.rush@itd.idaho.gov or mailed to ITIP – Comments, Attn: Adam Rush, P.O. Box 7129, Boise, ID 83707-1129. Paper or CD copies are available on request; contact Rush by his email or by phone, 208-334-8119, or by mail using the address listed above.

A printed copy can be reviewed at any of ITD's district offices, including in Boise.

All comments on the draft will be reviewed after July 30. After approval by the Idaho Transportation Board, the ITIP is submitted to the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.

 

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