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Adjustments to the
Member McClure was asked to be the chairman of the Subcommittee. He accepted that appointment.
SH-46 Extension, Buhl to Wendell. DE Rigby outlined a preliminary estimate to bring this 13.5 mile route up to acceptable state standards. Initial work for minimal conditions is estimated at $2.5 million and consists of shoulder improvements and pavement widening by state forces ($150,000), upgrading signing and correcting mileposts ($60,000), overlaying the full length of the route by contract ($2,000,000), and improving the railroad crossing ($280,000). The state force work is similar to recent improvements made to US-30 west of Buhl. Additional projects to replace bridges and culverts, improve the Rex Leland/Bob Barton intersection, and construct a climbing lane on the south side of the river could be programmed in the future. He said that the locals have a project in FY05 in the STP-Local Rural Program to correct vertical curves south of Wendell. The project is one mile long and estimated to cost $900,000.
Member Blick believes the City of
Member Blick asked if there is sufficient right-of-way to construct a passing lane on the south side of the river. Harold Miller, Buhl Highway District Road Foreman, responded that there is enough right-of-way. Member McClure asked about the 90-degree turns on the route. Mr. Miller replied that the Rex Leland/Bob Barton intersection is a four-way stop. DE Rigby admitted that the stop signs are a concern, but for the time being, he does not propose correcting that. Member McClure asked if truck traffic will have problems turning at that intersection. Member Blick said traffic from the west may have some difficulty making the turn, but overall, he does not believe the turning radius will be a problem.
Member McClure questioned the environmental concerns on the south side because of water and the springs. ACE-D Hutchinson responded that environmental issues should not be a problem if state funds are used.
Mr. Miller expressed concern with safety on the south end and believes passing lanes are needed.
Vice Chairman Combo provided a brief history of this route. He indicated that previous discussions focused on the route being brought up to state standards prior to ITD assuming jurisdiction of it. Now the discussion is to add the route to the state system first, and then the state would bring it up to acceptable standards. DE Rigby concurred that adding it to the state system first is now being proposed. He added that the route functions as a state highway.
Member Blick asked if the entire route would be added to the state system initially, or if it would be added in increments. He expressed concern that if the entire route is added at this time, it will take some time for the whole system to be brought up to standard.
Member McHugh asked if the local officials have acquired right-of-way. Marvin Cox, Buhl Highway District Commissioner, replied that their budget is very limited, and the highway district does not have sufficient resources for that. Member McClure commented that the locals’ acquisition of right-of-way was part of an earlier proposal.
Member McClure thanked DE Rigby for the information and said
the Subcommittee will take it under advisement.
ACE-D Hutchinson said the
SH-25. Mr. Haynes reported that he discussed the state’s relinquishment of SH-25 with the impacted local officials. The Jerome Highway District is receptive to assuming jurisdiction for portions of this route, from SH-50 to US-93. He believes the next step is for DE Rigby to meet with the officials to discuss their needs and concerns, and to draft a proposal for the transfer of the highway.
TPA Rountree questioned the local officials’ motivation to assume additional mileage. Mr. Haynes said the route does not function as a state highway and are small, piece-meal segments. He believes the state’s relinquishment of this route will help the Buhl to Wendell highway transaction.
Member McHugh believes
Member McClure questioned the status of the draft MOU to
transfer this route to the state. ACE-D
SH-64. Mr. Haynes reported that he had additional discussions with the Kamiah Highway District foreman on cost estimates and related concerns on the state’s relinquishment of SH-64. The local officials are not interested in assuming jurisdiction of this route.
US-95B, Bonners Ferry. Staff is programming a project in FY05 for
Member McClure mentioned that Nampa City Engineer
The next meeting was tentatively set for July 16 in
The meeting adjourned at .
Respectfully submitted by:
SUE S. HIGGINS