WORK SESSION, DISTRICT 3 TOUR, AND REGULAR MEETING
June 13-15, 2012
The Idaho Transportation Board met at 8:30 AM, on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at the Idaho Transportation Department, District 3 Office in Boise, Idaho. The following principals were present:
Jerry Whitehead, Chairman
Jim Coleman, Vice Chairman – District 1
Janice B. Vassar, Member – District 2
Julie DeLorenzo, Member – District 3
Jim Kempton, Member – District 4
Dwight Horsch, Member – District 5
Lee Gagner, Member – District 6
Brian W. Ness, Director
Scott Stokes, Chief Deputy
Larry Allen, Deputy Attorney General
Sue S. Higgins, Executive Assistant and Secretary to the Board
FY14 Appropriation. Staff provided historical information on the Department’s revenue and appropriations and current issues impacting the proposed FY14 budget. A Congressional conference committee is working on the reauthorization of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). At this time, it appears the funding in the new bill would be similar to SAFETEA-LU. The current extension expires June 30.
The state revenue forecast for FY14 is $249 million. Highway Distribution Account (HDA) revenue to ITD is projected to grow 2% annually. Construction costs have stabilized. In 2011, the annual cost of construction projects at the award of the bid was 86% of the construction budget. The Board requested information on the contract award versus the total construction amount.
The proposed FY14 budget was presented. Available funds are estimated at $514.5 million, plus $54.6 million for GARVEE bond payments. The estimated available funds for FY14 are 3.4% less than the funds available in FY13. Some of the appropriation requests include an additional $189,300 for contract inflation, $230.5 million for contract construction, and $27.7 million for replacement equipment. Six line items totaling $5.3 million are being requested, along with 1,827.5 full-time equivalent positions.
Planning. Staff summarized the current method to select projects, utilizing data to support decisions, and elaborated on the efforts to transition to a data-driven decision making process. It highlighted performance measures. This year, 72% of the state’s bridges are in good condition. If no additional revenue is secured to address bridges, the forecast indicates that fewer than 60% of the state’s bridges will be in good condition by 2020. The target is to commit $10 million annually to bridge preservation and between $40 million and $65 million annually to restoration. In 2011, 87% of the Department’s pavements were in good or fair condition. It is estimated that the percent of pavement in good or fair condition will decrease to 80% by 2017.
Programming. Estimated funding for the five-year Idaho Transportation Investment Program (ITIP) is $1.7 billion. Due to the transition to the project selection system, the FY13-16 projects in the draft Program were selected under the old process and the FY17 projects utilize the new data-driven system. The Board directed staff to test the FY13-16 projects under the new system to determine if those projects meet the statewide priority criteria. It was also noted that there is approximately $104 million in discretionary funds available for programming in the five-year Program, including $55.9 million in FY13.
Several projects were highlighted, including funding for federal resource agencies to expedite reviews of ITD projects and a fuel tax evasion project for the Idaho Tax Commission. Because the recovery rate has been about seven to one, some discussion was held on increasing the funding for the fuel tax evasion project.
A discussion was held on the GARVEE Program. Three policy options were considered: complete the fixed scope; utilize the additional $80 million in bonding authority that has been authorized by the legislature within either the 6 primary corridors or the original 13 corridors; or request additional bonding authority, above the $80 million, from the legislature and expand the list of corridors eligible for GARVEE funding. The consensus of the Board was to revisit the policy options at the business meeting on June 15 and, if the decision is to issue additional GARVEE bonds, to determine which projects to fund at the July meeting. Also, projects to fund with additional available federal formula funds are to be submitted to the Board for approval in July. Staff is to prioritize the GARVEE projects in accordance with the requirements outlined in Idaho Code and the federal formula projects based on the new data-driven project selection system. (See later minute entry.)
Innovative Contracting. The traditional design-bid-build, construction manager/general contractor, and design-build methods of delivering construction projects were summarized. Idaho Code limits ITD use of a construction manager/general contractor or design-build to 20% of its annual highway program. The Department’s first design-build project is in progress on SH-44 in District 3. The procurement process is underway and the contract is expected to be awarded in September 2012. Development is also proceeding on contract manager/general contractor procurement documents.
Chairman Whitehead thanked the various staff members for their presentations and efforts on the workshop.
WHEREUPON the workshop recessed at 5:00 PM.
June 14, 2012
The Board reconvened at 8:00 AM on Thursday, June 14, 2012, in Boise, Idaho. All members were present.
District 3 Tour. The Board traveled I-84 east to the East Boise Port of Entry where it toured the facility and learned more about its activities. It continued east on I-84 and south on Simco Road. At the US Ecology transfer site, it heard about the hazardous materials that arrive via railroad. The material is transferred to commercial trucks for transporting to the facility near Grand View for de-contamination and disposal. The tour continued south on Simco Road and SH-167 and west on SH-78. After a stop at the Simplot Feedlot near Grand View for an overview on that operation, the Board continued west on SH-78. It visited the new maintenance yard under construction near Murphy and traveled west on SH-78 and north on SH-45 to the Nampa Airport.
Nampa Mayor Tom Dale welcomed the Board to Nampa. Nampa Planning Director Clair Bowman said the Nampa Airport is exploring options to extend its runway. Because the facility is landlocked, options are being reviewed to relocate or modify streets to accommodate the runway project. The I-84 Business route would be impacted if the runway is extended to the northwest. Another proposal being discussed with District 3 is extending SH-45 north to I-84 via Northside Boulevard. If ITD is receptive to realigning SH-45 and adding approximately 8 ½ lane miles to its system, the City of Nampa would assume jurisdiction of the I-84 Business route, approximately 22 lane miles.
District 3 Engineer (DE) Dave Jones said he has briefed the Board Subcommittee on State Highway System Adjustments on the potential SH-45 transaction. The Subcommittee supported pursing this proposal.
The tour continued east on I-84 to Boise.
WHEREUPON the tour recessed at 4:40 PM.
June 15, 2012
The Board reconvened at 8:00 AM on Friday, June 15, 2012, at the Idaho Transportation Department, District 3 Office, in Boise, Idaho. All members were present.
Board Minutes. Member Vassar made a motion to approve the minutes of the special Board workshop held on May 11, 2012 and the minutes of the regular Board meeting held on May 15-16, 2012 as submitted. Member Gagner seconded the motion and it passed unopposed.
Board Meeting Dates. The following meeting dates and locations were scheduled:
July 18-19, 2012 – District 1
August 15-16, 2012 – District 6
September 19-20, 2012 – District 4
Consent Calendar. Chairman Whitehead commented on two professional services agreements for the SH-55, Eagle Road, Fairview Avenue to SH-44 project. In comparing the costs of the construction engineering and inspection agreement of $182,000 to the $61,200 agreement for public information during construction, it appears the public information costs are high. DE Jones said staff is conducting some of the construction inspection activities, but is supplementing its workload with consultants. He added that SH-55 is a high-volume road and believes it is important to keep the public and businesses informed of the construction activities.
Member Gagner referenced the Strategic Plan, specifically the performance measure reporting on the construction cost at award as a percent of the construction budget. At the workshop on June 13, the Board asked for information on the final project costs. Chief Deputy Stokes replied that staff will provide that information to the Board.
Member Gagner made a motion, seconded by Member Vassar, and passed unopposed, to approve the following resolution:
RES. NO. NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the
ITB12-20 approves the Public Transportation Advisory Council appointments for Districts 1 and 4 and the FY13-16 Strategic Plan for the Division of Financial Management and has received and reviewed the contract award information and the professional services agreements and term agreement work task report.
1) Appointment of Public Transportation Advisory Council (PTAC) Members for Districts 1 and 4. Staff solicited applicants to fill the expiring positions of District 1 and 4 PTAC members Jim Deffenbaugh and Joe Herring, respectively. Staff recommends the appointment of Craig Wilcox to represent District 1 and John Hathaway to represent District 4 on the PTAC through 2015.
2) FY13-16 Strategic Plan for the Division of Financial Management. Idaho Code requires all state agencies to submit a Strategic Plan covering a minimum of four years to the Division of Financial Management by July 1. The Plan includes the Department’s vision and/or mission statement, goals, objectives, performance measures and benchmarks, and external factors. Staff requested approval of the FY13-16 Strategic Plan.
3) Contract Awards. Key #11559 – US-12, Crooked Fork River Bridge, Idaho County, District 2. Low bidder: West Company, Inc. – $563,290.
Keys #11048 and #11052 – SH-21, Mores Creek Summit to Milepost 60 and Milepost 60 to Clear Creek Bridge, Boise County, District 3. Low bidder: Knife River Corporation – Northwest - $3,896,005.
Keys #11051 and #11565 – SH-51, Sheep Creek Road to Tindall Road, and Tindall Road to Milepost 33, Owyhee County, District 3. Low bidder: Snake River Construction, Inc. - $1,604,957.
Key #12957 – I-84, Snake River Overpass Eastbound, Near Glenns Ferry, District 4. Low bidder: Cannon Builders, Inc. - $1,110,808.
Key #12078 – SH-25, Main Street and Tiger Drive, Jerome County, District 4. Low bidder: Staker & Parson Companies dba Idaho Sand & Gravel - $487,732.
Key #12863 – FY12 District 4 Bridge Deck Rehabilitations. Low bidder: Cannon Builders, Inc. - $2,557,251.
Key #11207 – US-20 and SH-33, FY12 Dynamic Message Signs, District 6. Low bidder: Beco Construction Company, Inc. - $297,711.
4) Professional Services Agreements and Term Agreement Work Task Report. From April 28 through May 24, $745,457 in new professional services agreements and work tasks were processed. Five supplemental agreements to existing agreements were processed in the amount of $605,439 during this period.
Director’s Report. Director Ness reported on various activities and meetings. The Legislative Services Office completed audit procedures in conjunction with the audit of the statewide single audit report for FY11 and had no findings or recommendations. Staff attended an Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry’s meeting, which focused on the economy, and will participate in the Association of Idaho Cities’ conference later this month. Several staff members will attend the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ conference next month. He also reported that the Division of Motor Vehicles received an award for its drivers’ license notification campaign.
CD Stokes mentioned the recent transportation workshop conducted by the Strategic Energy Alliance. The Alliance commended ITD’s approach to address economic opportunities through transportation. Utility companies are interested in the Department’s corridor planning efforts and working cooperatively to utilize the state’s right-of-way to address their needs. He also reported that ITD will host freight forum meetings throughout the state next month.
Delegation – Idaho Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance. Cynthia Gibson, Executive Director, Idaho Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance, said the 2012 League of American Bicyclists’ report card rated Idaho 36th nationally for its bicycling and pedestrian efforts. The report indicated Idaho needs to enact a safe passing or vulnerable road user law, establish a complete streets policy, identify dedicated state funding for bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and adopt a state bicycle plan.
Member Vassar believes the rural nature of the state makes it difficult to address bicycle and pedestrian facilities, particularly sidewalks. Member Kempton believes a safe passing law may be difficult to enforce. Additionally, he believes bicyclists need guidance on where they should ride in relation to the curb or fog line. Ms. Gibson concurred with the latter comment, noting that more education for both motorists and bicyclists is needed. Regarding the rural nature of Idaho, she believes it is important to plan for the future and make a concerted effort to make rural roads safer for bicyclists.
Vice Chairman Coleman questioned revisiting the rescission of the Enhancement Program funds to provide more funding for bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Member Gagner said it is difficult to fund this mode due to the poor economy and the potential decrease in federal funding. Member DeLorenzo believes education is a key component in addressing bicycle and pedestrian issues.
Chairman Whitehead thanked Ms. Gibson for her comments and said the Board recognizes the need for additional bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
Delegation – Valley Regional Transit (VRT). VRT Executive Director Kelli Fairless provided an update on public transportation services and activities in the Treasure Valley. Its goals are stewardship, building partnerships, and building institutional capacity. The “Valley Connect” plan, adopted last year, identified gaps that need to be addressed. Other highlights include the establishment of volunteer drivers, a vehicle sharing program, and securing funding for transportation for veterans. She also commended the good partnership with ITD.
Chairman Whitehead thanked Ms. Fairless for the report and for her efforts to enhance and expand public transportation in the greater Boise area.
Adopt-A-Highway Presentation (AAH). Member DeLorenzo recognized Gretchen Sherlin and partners for their participation in the AAH Program. Ms. Sherlin has been picking up litter along SH-21 since 2003 and has recruited other groups to adopt sections of SH-21.
Legislative Proposals. Government Affairs Manager (GAM) Mollie McCarty summarized the legislative process. The advisory boards were invited to present their legislative proposals to the Board.
Aeronautics Advisory Board Chairman Rodger Sorensen presented five legislative ideas. The concepts relate to aircraft registration, pilot registration, airport land use planning, state designation of airports, and the state’s review of municipal airports’ federal grant requests.
GAM McCarty said staff is considering legislative ideas related to issuing salvage titles and staggered vehicle registrations. The final list of legislative concepts will be presented to the Board for approval next month, as they must be submitted to the Division of Financial Management by August 1.
Member Gagner said the Board Subcommittee on State Highway System Adjustments has been reviewing Idaho Code. Staff is working on a proposal to clean up language related to abandoning highways. Vice Chairman Coleman added that the Access Management Committee may also pursue legislation, but he does not believe ITD would sponsor that proposal.
Idaho Moves Freight. Boise Valley Railroad (BVR) and Watco representative Carl Legg summarized Idaho’s short line railroads, focusing on the BVR. BVR operates on 36 miles of track, providing service to 84 customers. A study was recently conducted to determine if there is a market need and a viable operations site for a multi-modal/transload center in Boise. The study concluded that the use of rail could be greatly expanded, and a site could have a substantial economic impact on the geography and enhance the ability to attract new industries to the area. A minimum site of 40 acres and approximately $15.5 million is required to accommodate the volume and variety of products needed at a multi-modal site. He also talked about the efficiencies of moving freight via rail.
Member Horsch expressed frustration with trains’ schedules and the length of time it takes to get products to the East Coast. Mr. Legg concurred with the schedule issue, but added that hauling freight via rail is more efficient and economical when long distances are involved.
In response to Member Kempton’s question on the short lines’ tax structure, Mr. Legg said the railroad is similar to a utility. It pays taxes based on revenue. Member Kempton asked staff for a more detailed presentation on the tax structure at a future meeting.
Chairman Whitehead thanked Mr. Legg for the presentation.
Discontinue License Plate Reservation Fee. Chris Fisher, Internal Communication and Registration Specialist, said the Department has been collecting a fee when registrants request retaining their current license plate number when the plate is seven years old and needs to be replaced. The $2 fee covered the additional production cost. As a result of changes to the production methods, this additional production cost has been eliminated. Staff recommends eliminating the additional fee, passing the savings on to registrants seeking to retain their current license plate number.
Member Gagner made a motion, seconded by Member Horsch, and passed unopposed, to approve the following resolution:
RES. NO. WHEREAS, Section 49-443(1) Idaho Code requires the Idaho Transportation
ITB12-21 Department to furnish license plates for vehicles registered under the provisions of Chapter 4, “Motor Vehicle Registrations” Idaho Code; and
WHEREAS, Section 49-443(2) Idaho Code requires the issuance of new license plates every seven years beginning with the date of issuance, and requires the Department to implement a plate number reservation program; and
WHEREAS, Section 49-443(2) Idaho Code, allows the Department to charge a fee to recover the cost to the Department for reservation of license plate numbers, and the Idaho Transportation Board passed such fee in August 2004; and
WHEREAS, the Department has updated the license plate manufacturing contract and there is no longer a fee, other than standard charges, for remaking plates with the same number; and
WHEREAS, the Board supports efficiency measures and believes in fairness to customers and as such that the services and fees be structured to accurately reflect the cost to the Department for delivering the program; and
WHEREAS, the additional fees previously imposed for plate reservation are no longer necessary, as additional production costs have been eliminated for remaking the same number plate.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board rescinds the Department reservation fee of $2.00 per pair for reserved and specially ordered plates and $1.00 for each single plate; revoking ITB04-43.
Quarterly Update – Garnet Project. Motor Vehicles Administrator Alan Frew provided an update on the Division of Motor Vehicles’ modernization project. The drivers’ license and identification card centralization effort has been completed. The data cleansing process, where all records are checked for errors, is underway. He noted this is a time-consuming step, as millions of records need to be reviewed and transitioned to the new system. Organization change management is being used to ensure the success of the project. Phase I is back on schedule after a minor delay several months ago. Phase II, related to registrations and titles, also encountered a delay, but he believes it will get back on schedule. The project is on budget.
3M representative JD Sobol believes the project is proceeding well. The risks were assessed early and a plan was developed to mitigate those risks. He added that the Department has done a good job with communication, which is also instrumental for a successful project.
The Board thanked Messrs. Frew and Sobol for the report and commended the team for getting Phase I back on schedule.
Excellence in Transportation Awards. The Excellence in Transportation Awards were initiated in 2003 as part of the Project Development Conference to recognize accomplishments and ITD personnel. Five projects were identified for outstanding achievement in planning, design, construction, and public participation. Additionally, retired Manager, Transportation Investments Dave Amick and Chief Human Resources Officer Mary Harker were presented the organization’s Career Achievement and Professional of the Year award, respectively.
Executive Session on Legal Issues. Vice Chairman Coleman made a motion to meet in executive session at 11:40 AM to discuss legal issues as authorized in Idaho Code Section 67-2345(d) and (f). Member Vassar seconded the motion and it passed 6-0 by individual roll call vote.
A discussion was held on legal matters.
The Board came out of executive session at 1:35 PM. No final actions or decisions were made.
IPLAN Web Application Presentation. Planning/Programming Management Manager (PPMM) Erika Bowen summarized the agreement with BIO-WEST for Phase 1 of the IPLAN contract. IPLAN is a planning tool that will enable staff to examine layers of data from a number of locations in a Geographic Information System (GIS) environment. The end product of Phase 1 will be a web-enabled GIS software application that combines ITD’s segregated datasets and allows non-GIS analysts to view and create maps for communication and analysis purposes. Phase 1 consists of assessing goals and needs, assisting in the development of IPLAN, and user training. Accomplishments to date include a signed contract for Phase 1, the project charter, and the beginning of a web site configuration for discussion. Phases 2 and 3 will encompass external collaboration and tying into other systems, and establishing scenarios and a long-range vision to help identify projects for funding. The detailed scope and contract cost for the second and third phases have not been determined.
PPMM Bowen also announced that the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has selected Idaho as one of ten states to fund as test drivers for a national version of UPLAN. UPLAN is the Utah Department of Transportation’s online planning tool that ITD is using as a model for IPLAN.
Member Gagner asked if the program is being developed in-house or if it can be purchased off the shelf. PPMM Bowen replied that staff has not made that decision yet. The Department would like to utilize internal staff if possible. Member Gagner asked for clarification on how the system will be used. Chief Engineer (CE) Tom Cole replied that the system will provide a one-stop shop for data. It will provide a foundation for future planning and identify various scenarios. It will be a tool in the decision-making process.
In response to Member Horsch’s question on the funding source for the project, PPMM Bowen said federal planning funds are being used. Because federal funds are being used, Member Horsch asked if the system and information will be available for other departments of transportation and other agencies. Chief Operations Officer (COO) Paul Steinman replied in the affirmative. He said states share a host of information and added that IPLAN was derived from Utah’s plan.
Member Vassar asked if staff will seek Board concurrence before proceeding with Phases 2 and 3. PPMM Bowen said that staff can revisit the next two phases with the Board. She added that if the project ends after the first phase, she believes it will have been a success, as the first phase will be very beneficial.
Without objection, the Board directed staff to provide a report on Phase 1 of the BIO-WEST IPLAN Web Application project upon the expenditure of $100,000.
FY13 Evaluation Phase Project Charter Work Program. PPMM Bowen said the evaluation phase project charter is the first component of a three-part document that follows the lifecycle of a project. It emphasizes gathering the appropriate data to accurately reflect estimated project costs, project delivery, resources, scope, and etc. She elaborated on the project charter procedures and the three phases: evaluation, development, and implementation. The results will be clear identification of the project cost and time constraints, a knowledgeable and committed project sponsor, a well-defined team, and reduced risk of delay and failure. All projects will need a charter to be eligible for inclusion in the ITIP.
Chairman Whitehead thanked PPMM Bowen for her presentations.
District 3 Report. DE3 Jones reported on some of the District’s activities and accomplishments. Safety projects included completing the sign inventory analysis and installing flashers and reflectors at high-accident locations. The winter maintenance performance measures, avalanche program, and access management plans are means to improve mobility. Improvements to SH-55, Eagle Road, in Meridian financed through STARS (Sales Tax Anticipation Revenue) legislation is an excellent public-private partnership that is promoting economic opportunities. The District also supports major events in the area, such as bicycle races and iron man competitions, not only to ensure safety of the participants and traveling public, but also because of the economic benefits of those events.
DE Jones said the District needs to improve its project delivery efforts. It is complying with project schedules for design and construction. It has five corridor plans underway; however, none are on the shelf.
Member DeLorenzo thanked DE Jones and his staff for their efforts, particularly for the interesting tour yesterday.
Monthly Financial Statements. Acting Manager, Transportation Investments John Krause reported that net cumulative obligations were $233,100,000 as of May 28, of which $233,500,000 had a budget scheduled on October 1. The original budget cost associated with the scheduled obligations is $270,100,000. Net cumulative obligations are 12% higher than May’s historical trend of $208,700,000.
Controller Gordon Wilmoth said Federal Highway Administration Indirect Cost Allocation revenue through April was $27,990,000, which exceeded the projected amount of $24,350,000. Revenue from the Equipment Buy Back Program was $11,551,400. Miscellaneous state funded revenue of $27,839,400 was $1,314,400 above the forecast. HDA revenue, excluding ethanol exemption elimination, was $151,371,000. The projected revenue was $150,329,700. Revenue from the ethanol exemption elimination was $12,887,000, which was 4% below the projected amount. Revenue to the State Aeronautics Fund from aviation fuels was $1,306,000, or $44,000 less than the forecast.
Total expenditures in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Title XII Fund for highway projects were $172,645,000, while $178,800,000 had been appropriated. Expenditures for public transportation were $8,524,000 of the $9,200,000 available.
Old Business. Based on the June 13 discussion on the GARVEE Program and policy options, Vice Chairman Coleman expressed support to utilize the full bonding authority the legislature provided, about $80 million more, to construct projects in the original 13 corridors.
Vice Chairman Coleman made a motion and seconded by Member DeLorenzo to approve the following resolution:
RES. NO. WHEREAS, the Idaho Transportation Board is charged with determining the
ITB12-22 timeframe and scope of improvements for the state transportation system; and
WHEREAS, Idaho Code 40-315 directs the Board to consider the cost of the projects and whether or not the project could be funded without GARVEE bonding; and
WHEREAS, Idaho Code 40-315 directs the Board to balance and coordinate the use of bonding with the use of highways construction funding; and
WHEREAS, Idaho Code 40-315 authorizes federal-aid debt financing through the issuance of Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle (GARVEE) bonds by the Idaho Housing and Finance Association for highway transportation projects; and
WHEREAS, legislative appropriations enacted in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 authorized the issuance of GAREVEE bonds; and
WHEREAS, the Board is granted the statutory responsibility and duty to allocate GARVEE bond proceeds among legislatively authorized projects; and
WHEREAS, unfunded projects exist within the approved corridors; and
WHEREAS, the Board finds that the unfunded projects are necessary to facilitate traffic flow on vital transportation corridors; and
WHEREAS, the Board finds that the unfunded projects are necessary to improve the safety of the travelling public; and
WHEREAS, as of this date, there remains authorization for the Board to reallocate in the amount of approximately $80 million to construct other projects within the legislatively authorized corridors.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board shall allocate or adjust the remaining funding authorization to construct projects within the corridors specified in Idaho Code 40-315(1)(b).
Member Gagner asked how much additional debt service would result from that action. Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Mike Golden replied that the total annual debt service amount would be about $56 million. Chairman Whitehead asked if the bond rate is favorable. CAO Golden replied yes. The interest rate is currently around 4%.
Member Vassar asked if the motion funds projects in the original 13 corridors. DAG Allen confirmed that Idaho Code 40-315(1)(b) specifies the original 13 corridors are eligible for GARVEE funding.
Member Gagner asked if staff will rate potential projects for the Board to approve next month. COO Steinman responded that staff will rank the projects based on the specific criteria outlined in Idaho Code. Member Kempton asked if the District Engineers will be involved in the process. COO Steinman replied that the District Engineers will participate in this activity, partly to confirm projects’ development status.
In response to Member Vassar’s question on whether this action will free up federal formula funds, COO Steinman replied yes. Staff will also identify potential projects for the Board to consider funding with federal formula funds next month.
Vice Chairman Coleman expressed support to expand the Connecting Idaho Partners contract to assist with reviewing and prioritizing projects if need be to ensure updated, accurate information is available at the meeting next month.
The motion passed unopposed.
Member Gagner referenced the discussion to re-align SH-45 with City of Nampa officials yesterday. He confirmed that the Board Subcommittee on State Highway System Adjustments has been apprised of that proposal. Although the Subcommittee supports pursuing the realignment of SH-45, he believes the concept should be vetted by the full Board. Hearing no objection, Chairman Whitehead directed DE3 Jones to proceed with exploring the realignment of SH-45 and related highway system adjustments.
WHEREUPON, the Idaho Transportation Board’s regular monthly meeting officially adjourned at 3:30 PM.
JERRY WHITEHEAD, Chairman
Read and Approved
July 19, 2012
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho