State Highway System Adjustments
July 14, 2011
Idaho Transportation Board Subcommittee on State Highway System Adjustments Chairman Gary Blick and Transportation Board Members Lee Gagner and Jim Coleman met at 7:30 AM on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at the Idaho Transportation Department, District 1 Office, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Chief Engineer Tom Cole, District 1 Engineer (DE) Damon Allen, Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Larry Allen, Executive Assistant to the Board Sue Higgins, Local Highway Technical Assistance Council Administrator Lance Holmstrom, Chief Operating Officer Paul Steinman, several other ITD staff members, and City of Coeur d’Alene officials were also present.
Proposed Relinquishment of Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive, District 1. Member Coleman reported on discussions with the City of Coeur d’Alene to transfer jurisdiction of Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive. The approximate 5.5-mile road does not function as a state highway. As a result of construction of I-90, the former US-10 became a conduit for recreation and local service. The District spends approximately $85,000 annually to maintain the road. Over $2 million in capital improvements are needed in the near future for reconstruction of Redman Hill, a plantmix overlay, and guardrail updates. The City would consider accepting jurisdiction of the road with a lump sum payment from ITD. He added that a number of issues still need to be addressed, including how much adjacent land would be transferred.
Chairman Blick mentioned that the Board visited the site yesterday as part of its tour of District 1. Discussions were held on ITD retaining the slope to maintain the integrity of I-90. He also cautioned that any agreement should include language to the effect that the road needs to be retained under public jurisdiction in case the City desires to relinquish the road in the future.
Member Coleman suggested including language in the agreement whereby the transportation department would provide assistance in the future if a catastrophic event, such as a major landslide, occurs on the road. Chairman Blick questioned how that would be handled and expressed concern with obligating a future Board. Other issues and concerns were also discussed.
Chairman Blick said that no decision could be made today. Staff will look into a number of issues, including, but not limited to all of the steps necessary to complete this transaction; impacts to the current agreement with the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation; retaining the road in the public sector in perpetuity; identifying all of the adjacent property owners and related easements, encroachments, ownership in fee simple, etc.; each parties’ responsibilities (i.e. the bridge, storm water issues); determining the land to be transferred; and assisting the City of Coeur d’Alene with a dock application while the road is under ITD ownership. He also encouraged Member Coleman and DE Allen to continue negotiations with City officials. He emphasized that the Board needs to protect ITD and the State of Idaho.
Chairman Blick added that when staff has additional information and a proposed plan, another Subcommittee meeting will be scheduled, tentatively in conjunction with the August or September Board meeting, and then a recommendation to the full Board for its consideration will follow. In response to Member Coleman’s comment that time is of the essence for the City’s planning efforts, he said the full Board can be briefed on this issue later today at the Board meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 8:05 AM.
Respectfully submitted by:
SUE S. HIGGINS
Executive Assistant & Secretary
Idaho Transportation Board