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District 3

Overview

Southwest Idaho

d3_rainbowbridge267x200District 3 covers just under 22,000 square miles of southwest Idaho and maintains 2,551 lane miles (lanes of road, on- and off-ramps, etc.) and 399 bridges. District 3 encompasses the 10 southwest counties, with the biggest geographical footprint, the most roads and bridges of all the districts in the state, and nearly 40 percent of the state’s population. Amy Revis is district (head) engineer and Julie DeLorenzo, of Boise, has represented District 3 on the Idaho Transportation Board since March 2012.

Address: Idaho Transportation Department – District 3 Headquarters
8150 Chinden Boulevard, Boise, ID 83714-1367


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Contacts
District 3 Phone: (208) 334-8300
District 3 Fax: (208) 334-8917
Office of Communication Contact:
Jennifer Gonzalez
Phone: (208) 334-8938
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Julie DeLorenzo
Board Member
(208) 703-4348
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Amy Revis
District Engineer
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D-3 Construction Projects

New Revenue Projects

Projects Under Construction / Beginning Soon

Key Number 13463Idaho 44

Project Description
The Idaho Transportation Department will improve the pavement on Idaho 44 between I-84 and the city of Star. The project includes:

  • Resurfacing the roadway between the I-84 junction and the City of Middleton. ITD will also improve the pipe that carries irrigation water under Idaho 44, just west of Whiffen Lane.
  • Reconstructing Idaho 44 through the City of Middleton. ITD will excavate, remove the existing roadway material and replace it with a new roadway surface. ITD will also add a westbound right-turn lane at Middleton Road and Hartley Lane.
  • Resurfacing the roadway between the cities of Middleton and Star. ITD will also replace the pipe that carries irrigation water under Idaho 44, just east of Can-Ada Road.
  • Reconstructing Idaho 44 through the City of Star and ensuring curbs and sidewalks meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ITD will excavate, remove the existing roadway material and replace it with a new roadway surface.

Project Background
Approximately 10,000 vehicles travel on this stretch of Idaho 44 each day, and the roadway is in need of resurfacing to extend the life of the underlying structure. The new surface will accommodate future traffic volumes, which are expected to increase to 14,000 by 2039. Improving the pavement today will help avoid more costly repairs at a later date.

Community Involvement
Keeping residents, businesses and motorists informed about this project is important to ITD. If you have any questions or information that you would like ITD to consider in the project, please contact Jennifer Gonzalez at 334-8938 or Jennifer.Gonzalez@itd.idaho.gov.
ITD will communicate with the communities along this route prior to construction.

Project Activities and Schedule
Fall 2016: Planning and design work

  • Surveying
  • Analyzing roadway conditions
  • Identifying curbs and sidewalks that need to be updated to meet ADA standards
  • Completing preliminary design
  • Gathering public comments
  • Complete final design

Winter 2016: Improve irrigation pipes

Spring/Summer 2017: Begin construction

Contact
Jennifer Gonzalez, ITD District 3 Communications
Email: jennifer.gonzalez@itd.idaho.gov
Phone: (208) 334-8938


ID52 Railroad BridgeIdaho 52 – Railroad Bridge

Public Meeting held on March 17, 2016
The Idaho Transportation Department hosted a public meeting at the New Plymouth Senior Center on March 17, 2016, to share information on a project to replace the Idaho 52/Railroad Bridge. Transportation department staff was available to answer questions, and displays illustrated information regarding the bridge replacement.

The new bridge will have shoulders that are 7-feet, 8-inches wide. Each traffic lane on the bridge will be widened from 11 feet to 12 feet. The existing piers underneath the bridge will be removed, and replaced by a retaining wall/abutment.

Idaho 52 will be closed in the vicinity of the bridge during construction. Traffic will be detoured through New Plymouth on U.S. 30.

The schedule for construction is being determined.

Contact
Those with questions about the bridge replacement project can contact adam.rush@itd.idaho.gov or call (208) 334-8119

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is committed to compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all related regulations and directives. ITD assures that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any ITD service, program, or activity. The department also assures that every effort will be made to prevent discrimination through the impacts of its programs, policies, and activities on minority and low-income populations. In addition, the department will take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to services for persons with Limited English Proficiency.

D-3 Design Projects

Project Description
Smiths Ferry to Round Valley
The Idaho Transportation Department is evaluating proposed safety improvements to a section of Idaho 55 that runs from Smiths Ferry to Round Valley.

Improvements being considered include stabilizing slopes to prevent rocks from falling onto the highway, widening certain sections of Idaho 55 and adding guardrail along certain sections of the highway.

A variety of safety improvements have been considered and shared with the public previously. Some of those improvements will not move forward to construction at this time.
Public Meeting Materials

Contact
Those with questions can contact adam.rush@itd.idaho.gov or call (208) 334-8119


Project Description
Idaho 72-US30 Junction Map
The Idaho Transportation Department is studying the Idaho 72/U.S. 30 Junction in order to make safety improvements to the junction.

Potential changes to the junction are designed to improve safety and reduce the number of accidents. At the junction, there isn’t lighting. In addition, the intersection is not designed to accommodate large trucks or agricultural equipment.

The transportation department is also considering how to reduce delays by improving the level of service while minimizing impacts to utilities and local residents.

A public meeting was held Wednesday, July 15, at the New Plymouth Senior Center. Transportation department staff members were available to answer questions, and displays illustrated project information.

Displays Shown at Public Meeting

Contact
Those with questions about the project can send an e-mail to adam.rush@itd.idaho.gov or call Adam Rush at (208) 334-8119.

Project Background
Snake River BRidge Maring Bridge
The Snake River Bridge in Marsing was constructed in 1951 and is the primary river crossing in this area. Currently, approximately 6,500 cars cross the Snake River Bridge every day. The bridge has reached the end of its design life and needs to be replaced. The roadway surface between the bridge and U.S. 95 also needs to be improved. ITD has evaluated options for rehabilitating the bridge and determined it is in the best interest of the community to remove and replace the bridge.

Replacing the bridge and resurfacing the roadway will enhance safety and provide smoother traveling conditions for agricultural traffic, local residents, recreationists and long-distance travelers in this area.

Project Description
The Idaho Transportation Department will replace the Snake River Bridge in Marsing and resurface Idaho 55 between Marsing and the U.S. 95 junction. The project will improve safety and driving conditions on the bridge and roadway.

ITD anticipates the new bridge will include:

  • A six span structure that will be approximately 785 feet long
  • Five piers
  • Sidewalk and shoulders
  • Two travel lanes, one in each direction

The roadway project will include rehabilitating 2.3 miles of pavement on Idaho 55 and building curb and gutter in downtown Marsing. ADA ramps will be added or updated, and drainage will be improved.

Design Process
ITD will complete an environmental evaluation and redesign the bridge and roadway. The evaluation will account for factors such as Snake River physa snail habitat, the nearby Marsing Island Park and the needs of agricultural traffic and boaters.

A public open house was held in August 2015 in which area residents and motorists had an opportunity to review and comment on preliminary design plans. ITD has reviewed and will take into consideration public input when further developing design plans for this project.

Anticipated Schedule
Summer 2015 Complete preliminary design
Summer 2016 Complete final design
2017 Begin construction

Open House Materials

Those with questions about the project can send an e-mail to adam.rush@itd.idaho.gov or call Adam Rush at (208) 334-8119.

Project Background

The Karcher Interchange opened to traffic in 2006. The interchange provides a link to I-84 for commuters in southern Canyon County and provides access to SH-55 (Karcher Road).

Midland Boulevard, which has direct access to I-84 at the Karcher Interchange, is an important north-south roadway. Development along Midland Boulevard has stimulated significant increases in traffic in the past several years. In 2015, it was estimated that over 15,000 vehicles per day used Midland Boulevard between I-84 and Cherry Lane. The regional traffic model forecasts traffic could double by the year 2040.

Project Description
The City of Nampa and the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) are partnering to study the I-84 Karcher Interchange in Nampa, Idaho. The study will determine options to improve safety and accommodate traffic through 2040.

Completion of the study will allow the City of Nampa and ITD to plan improvements as funding becomes available.

Project Materials:

Contact:
Clair Bowman, City of Nampa, Sr. Transportation Planner
(208) 468-5474 – bowmanc@cityofnampa.us

Idaho 51 snake River Bridge

Project Information

The Idaho Transportation Department hosted a public meeting on Thursday, Dec. 17, to share plans on a project to replace a bridge on Idaho 51 that is in Elmore and Owyhee counties.

The Idaho 51 – Snake River Bridge is scheduled to be replaced in the fall of 2016. The new bridge will be built in the same location, and have wider shoulders. During construction, one lane of the existing bridge will remain open. Wide loads will be detoured to the Grand View Bridge.

The public meeting was held on Thursday, Dec. 17, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bruneau Elementary School in Bruneau. Transportation department staff members were available to answer questions, and displays illustrated information on the bridge replacement project.

Those with questions about the project can send an e-mail to adam.rush@itd.idaho.gov or call Adam Rush at (208) 334-8119.


Old Highway 30 BridgeProject Materials

Public Meeting – July 7, 2016

Old Highway 30 Bridge History

The Old Highway 30 Bridge, designed by Caldwell City Engineer F. H. McConnel was built in 1922 by the American Bridge Company, which was a subsidiary of United States Steel, who also built famous structures like the Woolworth Building, the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, the Sears Tower and the San Francisco Bay Bridge.

At that time the bridge was called the Boise River and Canal Bridge, and at construction was part of the Idaho Pacific Highway that later became U. S. Highway 30. It continued to be called U. S. Highway 30 until the early 1960s when the nearby Interstate was constructed and the southeast portion of the roadway was renamed Plymouth Street, while the northwest side was renamed Old Highway 30.

The bridge allows access across the river and canals. It spans 388 feet across the Boise River and consists of a three-span through-truss. The bridge is beyond its functional lifespan and needs to be replaced. The existing structure is proposed to be converted into a pedestrian pathway as part of Caldwell’s Boise River Greenbelt.

Why Does the Bridge Need to be Replaced?

The Old Highway 30/W. Plymouth Street Bridge is located off Interstate 84 Exit 26 in Caldwell Idaho. The existing one-lane bridge crosses the Boise River, provides local access to the river, and surrounding neighborhoods. It is also a link between Caldwell and the Middleton area. This route has been used as a bypass to Interstate 84.

The current steel truss bridge is a three-span, 388-foot long structure constructed in 1922 and carries 1,350 vehicles a day, including buses and trucks. The existing bridge needs to be replaced due to its narrow width and poor, aging condition.

The general work will bring about a new bridge structure, bridge approach roadway, pathway relocation, and rehabilitation/retrofit of the existing bridge for pedestrian use. The improvements will provide a safe route for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians.

What Will Happen to the Old Bridge?

It is planned to convert the existing bridge into a bicycle and pedestrian pathway. Proposed improvements include a new concrete deck and pedestrian railing. This approach will also allow separation of pedestrian/bicycle traffic from vehicular traffic providing for a safer pathway system.

Community Involvement

Canyon Highway District 4 and the City of Caldwell will use multiple communication tools and innovative technologies to gather public input and assess concerns of the local community. Future opportunities for community involvement include:

  • Input Interviews – for example, City of Caldwell, Irrigation Districts, Flood Control Districts, Idaho Rivers United, etc.
  • Web and Social Media Support
  • Project Update Newsletters
  • Open House Public Involvement Meetings

There will be two Open House Public Meetings in the summer of 2016 to introduce the project to the public and gain valuable information from the residents in the area. These meetings will be announced by a public meeting postcard as well as advertisements and notifications in the Idaho Press Tribune and other media outlets frequented by the community.

Stay Involved!
To be included on our distribution list email: lynda_frieszmartin@lfprinc.com

Contacts:
Lynda Friesz-Martin – (208) 336-1701, Lynda Friesz Public Relations, Inc.
lynda_frieszmartin@lfprinc.com

Stephen Waldinger – (208) 342-3144, Forsgren Associates, Inc.
SWaldinger@forsgren.com

Wayne Herbel – (208) 344-0565, Local Highway Technical Assistance Council
WHerbel@lhtac.org

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is committed to compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all related regulations and directives. ITD assures that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any ITD service, program, or activity. The department also assures that every effort will be made to prevent discrimination through the impacts of its programs, policies, and activities on minority and low-income populations. In addition, the department will take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to services for persons with Limited English Proficiency.

D-3 Corridor Studies

Study Information

The purpose of the U.S. 20/26 Corridor Study is to develop a medium range (through 2020) plan that identifies current and future highway needs for more than 14 miles of U.S. 20/26 running from I-84 near Caldwell west to Nyssa, Oregon and the Snake River. The highway overlaps U.S. 95 for eight miles from east of Parma to Anderson Corner Road – the corridor study for that section is addressed in the ongoing U.S. 95 Corridor Study. The Corridor Study is being done to comply with Idaho Transportation Department Board policy, which is also consistent with federal planning guidance. The study and subsequent adopted plan will be used to chart U.S. 20/26 road improvements from I-84 to the state line in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

Planning

The completed plan will include:

  • A 10-year plan for the corridor.
  • Identification of corridor priorities.
  • Identification of existing and projected environmental, roadway, and land use conditions.
  • Analysis of future travel demand and performance in the corridor.
  • Analysis of accidents and recommendation of safety features including access management.
Design Guidelines

Sample urban and rural cross-sections of the highway will be illustrated. Any projected capacity improvements that require a cross-section different from the current samples will also be illustrated.

Features will include:

  • Number of lanes
  • Lane width
  • Shoulder width
  • Side slopes
  • Curb, gutter, and sidewalks for urban cross-sections
Environmental Review

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires that an environmental review be completed before right-of-way can be acquired with federal funds. The U.S. 20/26 Corridor Study is not programmed to recommend or fund purchase of right-of-way. Therefore, ITD will not complete a NEPA-level environmental review. However, an Environmental Scan will be conducted to provide a baseline survey which includes a qualitative analysis of the current human environment. The human environment includes aspects of the natural environment, built environment, and human health. Constraints that may have a limiting factor in roadway width and placement of the highway section will also be identified.

Study Background

U.S. 20/26 is a major farm-to-market road serving agriculture and quarrying industries in western Canyon County. Cross-state access is directly provided to Nyssa and connecting access is provided via Highway 18 to Adrian, Oregon. The majority of the highway is two-lane rural with a 65 mph speed limit.

Contact:

Mark Wasdahl, ITD Project Manager
(208) 334-8344 – mark.wasdahl@itd.idaho.gov

ID 55 RouteThe Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is studying Idaho 55 to identify current and future needs throughout the corridor. The study will result in three corridor plans (North, Central, South) that identifies policies and projects important to the development of this major arterial over the next 20 years.

To join the project mailing list contact the Idaho Transportation Department Public Involvement Coordinator at P.O. Box 7129, Boise, ID 83707 or emailed to adam.rush@itd.idaho.gov.

Public Involvement

ITD hosted public meetings in Cascade, McCall and New Meadows in January 2016.

Project Schedule
  • January 2016 – Hold public meetings to gather input on the North Corridor
  • February 2016 – Finalize Central Corridor Plan
  • Spring 2016 – Draft North Corridor Plan
  • Summer 2016 – Finalize North Corridor Plan

Project Description

The Idaho 55 highway corridor originates 1.7 miles south of Marsing in Owyhee County at the Idaho/Oregon/Nevada junction with U.S. 95 and serves six counties, ending at the junction of U.S. 95 in New Meadows. Most travelers know the highway for its turns along mountain forests, whitewater rapids and favorite recreation spots. The corridor is an important route that supports the regional daily commute, the long-haul trucking industry and recreational traffic.

The completed study will include three separate corridor plans:

  • South Corridor Plan – ION Junction in Owyhee County to Interstate 84 in Canyon County
  • Central Corridor Plan – State Street in Ada County to Banks Lowman Road in Boise County
  • North Corridor Plan – Banks Lowman Road in Boise County to New Meadows in Adams County

Project Materials
North Corridor Plan Public Meetings January 2016

Study Documents

North Corridor Plan (In process)

Draft Central Corridor Plan (Sept. 2015)

South Corridor Plan

Idaho 55, Marsing to Nampa Access Management Plan

Those with questions about the corridor study can send an e-mail to adam.rush@itd.idaho.gov or call Adam Rush at (208) 334-8119.

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is studying U.S. 95 from the Idaho border in Owyhee County to Pinehurst at the Adams / Idaho County line. The study will result in a corridor plan that identifies important improvement projects over the next 20 years.

The plan will be published in three parts:

  • North: Weiser River to New Meadows
  • Central: Nyssa Junction with 20/26 to Weiser River
  • South: Oregon State Line to Nyssa Junction with 20/26
Background

U.S. 95 runs north to south through western Idaho. It provides an important north-south international transportation link for long-haul freight between Mexico and Canada.

Within the Idaho Transportation Department’s District 3 boundaries, the highway covers 203 miles from Pinehurst in Adams County to the Oregon stateline south of Marsing in Owyhee County. Recreational travelers and local traffic share the road with long-haul trucks, straining the roadway capacity as surface transportation demand continues to grow.

Project Description

The completed corridor plan will include an analysis of the existing conditions on the highway; a forecast of future demand over the next 20 years; and a list of short and long-term improvements on how to improve transportation on this section of U.S. 95. The document will address the course of the highway as a whole and on a county by county basis. The plan will be based on community input, engineering analysis, and city, county and agency visions for the future. ITD will include the plan in its Idaho Horizons Long Range Capital Improvement and Preservation Program (LRCIP). LRCIP is a planning document that helps ITD prioritize projects for future years.

The finished corridor plan will address:

  • Safety: What are the improvements that will make U.S. 95 safer for motorists, pedestrians and residents?
  • Access Management: How can ITD and local communities manage the effect of development along the corridor so the roadway continues to function safely and efficiently?
  • Traffic: Can we anticipate congestion points and plan for the best ways to improve traffic flow and capacity throughout the corridor?
  • Environment: What are the important environmental issues to consider when ITD seeks to make improvement to U.S. 95 in the future?
Schedule

The U.S. 95 Corridor Study began in 2007 and is expected to be completed in 2016.

U.S. 95 North Corridor Study

·    U.S. 95 North Environmental Scan

U.S. 95 Central Corridor Study

·    U.S. 95 Central Environmental Scan

U.S. 95 South Corridor Study

·    U.S. 95 South Environmental Scan

ITD encourages you to submit comments at any time during the study process. Written comments may be e-mailed to adam.rush@itd.idaho.gov or mailed to: Idaho Transportation Department, P.O. Box 7129 in Boise, ID 83707-1129. Those with questions about the corridor study can send an e-mail to Adam Rush or call him at (208) 334-8119.

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is committed to compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all related regulations and directives. ITD assures that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any ITD service, program, or activity. The department also assures that every effort will be made to prevent discrimination through the impacts of its programs, policies, and activities on minority and low-income populations. In addition, the department will take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to services for persons with Limited English Proficiency.


D-3 Contact Info

District 3 Phone: (208) 334-8300

District 3 Fax: (208) 334-8917


Office of Communication Contact:

Jennifer Gonzalez
Phone: (208) 334-8938
Jennifer.Gonzalez@itd.idaho.gov


Address:
Idaho Transportation Department – District 3 Headquarters
8150 Chinden Boulevard
Boise, ID 83714-1367

D-3 Project Map

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