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State Highway System Adjustments
The Subcommittee unanimously approved the minutes of the
Subcommittee’s Policy. TPA Rountree summarized the philosophy of the Subcommittee, which has been to attempt to relinquish miles when miles are added to the state highway system. The zero sum gain intent limits the value of planning for the future. Idaho Code has been used for the criteria for decision-making on rural routes. He said the criteria limits flexibility by relying on numbers rather than analysis.
Director Ekern mentioned the Department’s work on developing a vision for the next 50 years. The Department listened to its customers regarding their desires. He believes it is important to establish a new direction, integrating the need to build a system with a statewide perspective; connect major economic facilities such as airports, parks, and ports; evaluate regional system plans from an ownership perspective; and review the current list of routes from a system perspective.
TPA Rountree added that the
elements of the system are connecting
Chairman Winder believes this discussion is timely due to the strong interest in GARVEE (Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle) bonding. The Governor is taking a strong interest in transportation and may support the addition of new routes and alignments to the state highway system.
Vice Chairman Combo provided a historical aspect of the
Administrator Haynes reminded the group of the
Director Ekern believes that emphasis should be given to community involvement and planning.
In summary, Director Ekern believes the
The consensus of the Subcommittee was to have staff
recommend the philosophy as outlined above at the December 16
Present the Subcommittee’s philosophy, as outlined above, to the full
Proposed Relinquishment, SH-64, District 2. Administrator Haynes asked for comments on the proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that the Kamiah Highway District prepared for the state’s relinquishment of SH-64.
Member Sweeney expressed concern with the $1,083,000 the local entity is requesting. He visited with District Engineer Carpenter. ITD expends a minimal amount on the maintenance of SH-64. He emphasized that the road gets very little traffic. Additionally, only a portion of SH-64 is in Kamiah Highway District’s boundaries, necessitating another local public entity to assume jurisdiction of the remaining mileage. Although Member Sweeney does not support the MOU as proposed, he believes the relinquishment of this route should be pursued.
Administrator Haynes said that the lack of right-of-way plans is a concern of the local officials. Member McClure suggested having DE Carpenter involved in the proposal to relinquish SH-64.
The consensus of the Subcommittee was to have staff negotiate with the appropriate local officials on the state’s relinquishment of SH-64.
ACTION: Visit with Kamiah and Prairie Highway
Districts on the relinquishment of SH-64 –
The meeting adjourned at .
Respectfully submitted by:
SUE S. HIGGINS