Public comment sought on selecting ITD projects

The Idaho Transportation Department is seeking comment on its five-year draft of the Idaho Transportation Investment Program. The program is a “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

The draft provides details on projects planned for construction through 2019, according to an ITD news release. It lists projects by highway route and location, identifies projected years for right-of-way acquisition, preliminary engineering, construction and estimated project costs. It also lists local construction projects that are federally funded, the release said.

Public comment will help the department determine whether proposed projects meet the department’s three main objectives — improving safety, mobility and economic opportunity.

Production of the five-year draft is a year-round process that relies on comment 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 groups, the release said.

The draft can be viewed online at itd.idaho.gov/itip. A printed copy can be reviewed at any of ITD’s district offices, including Pocatello and Rigby.

Comments can be emailed to comments@itd.idaho.gov or mailed to ITIP — Comments, Attn: Adam Rush, P.O. Box 7129, Boise, Idaho 83707-1129.

All comments on the draft will be reviewed after July 30.

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