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ADA, TAP & Research Program

ADA, TAP and Research Programs

Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)

The purpose of the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), formerly known as Community Choices for Idaho, is to provide for a variety of alternative transportation projects to address the needs of non-motorized users and to advance the Idaho Transportation Department’s (ITD) strategic goals of Mobility, Safety and Economic Opportunity while maximizing the use of federal funds. The program will provide an annual mechanism to solicit locally identified projects and leverage potential federal funding opportunities for sponsored projects.

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The Idaho Transportation Department is soliciting applications through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) in Fall of 2017. The purpose of TAP is to provide for a variety of alternative transportation projects and to advance the Idaho Transportation Department’s (ITD) strategic goals of Mobility, Safety and Economic Opportunity while maximizing the use of federal funds. The TAP provides funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, and safe routes to school educational projects.

At a minimum, application requirements include:

  • Commitment to completing the design and committing to be construction-ready on time.
  • Ability to provide a local cash-only match of 7.34%. In kind matching is not eligible for this program.
  • Projects that have secured necessary right-of-way.
  • Projects that have Environmental requirements that do not exceed Categorical Exclusion.

** FY2018 TAP Application and Attachments**

Example Application

Publicly available resources available to assist in completing applications

ITD Transportation Alternative Program Manager:

ITD District TAP Coordinators:

For project specific questions about TAP, please contact the appropriate district coordinator in your area from the list below.

  • District 1 (Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah and Shoshone counties): Gregory Brands, 600 W. Prairie, Coeur d’Alene, 83815. P (208) 772.1274
  • District 2 (Latah, Nez Perce, Clearwater, Lewis, and Idaho counties): Ken Helm, 2600 N&S Highway, PO Box 837, Lewiston, 83501. P (208) 799-4223.
  • District 3 (Adams, Valley, Washington, Payette, Gem, Boise, Canyon, Ada, Elmore, and Owyhee counties): Blaine Schwendiman, 8150 Chinden Blvd, PO Box 8028, Boise, 83707. P (208) 334-8925.
  • District 4 (Camas, Blaine, Gooding, Lincoln, Jerome, Minidoka, Twin Falls, and Cassia counties): Trey Mink, 216 S. Date St, PO Box 2-A, Shoshone, 83352. (208) 886-7848.
  • District 5 (Bingham, Caribou, Power, Bannock, Oneida, Franklin, and Bear Lake counties): Melodie Halstead, 515 S. 5th St, PO Box 4700, Pocatello, 83205. P (208) 239-3370.
  • District 6 (Lemhi, Custer, Butte, Jefferson, Clark, Fremont, Madison, Teton, and Bonneville counties): Eric Verner, 206 N. Yellowstone Highway, PO Box 97, Rigby, 83442. P (208) 745-5667.
  • State-wide (Off State Highway System): Amanda LaMott, P (208)-344-0565.

ADA Curb/Ramp Program

The Idaho Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Curb Ramp Program is a state-administered program that provides funding for projects to address curb ramps on the state highway system. The goal of the program is to provide accessible facilities for pedestrians with disabilities while allowing local jurisdiction flexibility in meeting the required standards. The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is allocating $500,000 of state funds annually for this program. Applicants can qualify for up to $60,000 in state funding to construct new or alter existing curb ramps on the state highway system to meet the requirements of the ADA. Funds can only be used for construction purposes. This program provides local communities more control over the design of pedestrian facilities in their communities and makes better economical use of dollars through the use of state funds while addressing accessibility on the state highway system.

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Call for Applications

Research Program

The Research Program is located in Contracting Services which is a section of the ITD Engineering Services Division. The program coordinates department-wide research activities.
Research Program Mission

  • Support research, development, and technology transfer activities addressing the
    Department’s strategic goals and initiatives.
  • Enhance ITD’s ability to deliver efficient and effective transportation services.
  • Offer practical solutions to problems facing the Department.
  • Develop new tools/technologies and facilitate their implementation.

Program Responsibilities

  • Coordinating development of ITD’s annual work program for federal SPR (State
    Planning & Research) funds and annual reporting of agency accomplishments with these
  • Administering SPR funds received for ITD research, development, and technology transfer.
  • Coordinating Department involvement in multi-state pooled fund projects.
  • Identifying ITD research needs and priorities.
  • Helping staff locate transportation research and information.
  • Overseeing ITD-funded research performed by universities and consultants.
  • Coordinating ITD involvement in national and regional transportation research with
    TRB, AASHTO, the Northwest Transportation Consortium and others.

Contact Information:
Ned Parrish
Phone: 208-334-8296
Fax: 208-334-4432

This page contains information about research projects that are currently underway. Click the links for more information on each topic.

ITD Contact: Ron Wright, (208) 334-8453,

  • TPF-5(064): Western Alliance for Quality Transportation Construction (WAQTC)  

ITD Contact: Garth Newman, (208) 334-8039,

  • TPF-5(174): Construction of Crack-Free Concrete Bridge Decks  

ITD Contact: Matt Farrar, (208) 334-8538,

ITD Contact: Robert Koeberlein, (208) 334-8251,

  • TPF-5(209): Support of the Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council (TCCC)  

ITD Contact: Garth Newman, (208) 334-8039,

  • TPF-5(218): Clear Roads Winter Highway Operations  

ITD Contact: Ron Wright (208) 334-8453;

  • TPF-5(229): Characterization of Drainage Layer Properties for MEPDG  

ITD Contact: Mark Wheeler, (208) 334-8887,

  • TPF-5(231): ITS Pooled Fund Program (ENTERPRISE)  

ITD Contact: Bob Koeberlein, (208) 334-8487,

  • TPF-5(237): Transportation Library Connectivity  

ITD Contact: Inez Hopkins, (208) 334-8226,

  • TPF-5(238): Design and Fabrication Standards to Eliminate Fracture Critical concerns in Two Girder Bridge Systems  

ITD Contact: Matt Farrar, (208) 334-8538,

  • TPF-5(255): Highway Safety Manual Implementation  

ITD Contact: Brent Jennings, (208) 334-8557,

  • TPF-5(259): Imaging Tools for Evaluation of Gusset Plate Connections in Steel Truss Bridges  

ITD Contact: Matt Farrar, (208) 334-8538,

  • TPF-5(271): Reorganization of Section 5, Concrete Structures, of the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications  

ITD Contact: Matt Farrar, (208) 334-8538,

  • TPF-5(276): Full Scale Shake Table Testing to Evaluate Seismic Performance of Reinforced Soil Walls  

ITD Contact: Tri Buu, (208) 334-8448,

  • TPF-5(288): Western Road Usage Charging Consortium (WRUCC)  

ITD Contact: Matthew Moore, (208) 334-8484,

  • TPF-5(296): Simplified SPT Performance-Based Assessment of Liquefaction and Effects  

ITD Contact: Tri Buu, (208) 334-8448,

  • TPF-5(297): Improving Specifications to Resist Frost Damage in Modern Concrete Mixtures  

ITD Contact: Clint Hoops, (208) 334-4415,

  • TPF-5(302): Modified Binder (PG+) Specifications and Quality Control Criteria  

ITD Contact: Mike Santi, (208) 334-8450,

  • TPF-5(309): Partnership for the Transformation of Traffic Safety Culture  

ITD Contact: Brent Jennings. (208) 334-8557,

  • TPF-5(312): Western Maintenance Partnership  

ITD Contact: Steve Spoor, (208) 334-8413,

  • TPF-5(313): Technology Transfer Concrete Consortium (TTCC)  

ITD Contact: Clint Hoops, (208) 334-4415,

  • TPF-5(321): Core Program Services for a Highway Research Development and Technology Program (TRB)  

ITD Contact: Ned Parrish, (208)-334-8296,

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