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District 5

District 5 – Southeast Idaho

Overview

Southeast Idaho

d5_topazbridge267x200District 5 covers almost 9,500 square miles in southeastern Idaho and maintains 1,900 lane miles (lanes of road, on- and off-ramps, etc.) and 315 bridges.

District 5 encompasses seven counties, spanning rich farm land and geology from scenic mountains to serene rivers and secluded valleys.

District headquarters is at 5151 S. 5th Avenue in Pocatello, where Ed Bala is district (head) engineer. Former legislator Dwight Horsch, of Pocatello, has represented District 5 on the Idaho Transportation Board since June 2011.


Contacts
District 5 Phone: (208) 239-3300
District 5 Fax: (208) 239-3367
Office of Communication Contact:
Bill Kotowski – (208) 334-8869
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Dwight Horsch
Board Member
(208) 221-4765
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Ed Bala
District Engineer
Email Ed

Design Projects

Fort Hall InterchangeThe Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is preparing to replace the Fort Hall Interchange (Exit 80) on Interstate 15. The current interchange, which was built in 1958, is showing signs of wear and has reached the end of its design life.

ITD and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are working closely together to ensure the new interchange will serve the Fort Hall Indian Reservation for many years. The planned improvements include replacing all seven bridges of the interchange and improving connectivity between the interchange ramps and local roads.

Schedule

  • Fall 2017: Project initiation
  • Spring 2018: Prepare preliminary design plans
  • Spring/Summer 2018: Host community open house to present and gather comments on preliminary design plans
  • Summer 2018: Prepare final design plans
  • Summer/Fall 2018: Host community open house to present and gather comments on final design plans
  • Fall 2018: Complete final design and communicate with community
  • Summer 2022: Construction funding available; begin construction

Community Input
ITD and the Shoshone-Bannock Tributes are welcoming any questions or comments regarding the interchange. The community will have several opportunities to give input about the design. To submit comments or ask questions, contact:

The Idaho Transportation Department is seeking public comment on potential improvements to the Pocatello Avenue and I-86 Business Loop intersection in American Falls.

An open house is being held at the American Falls City Hall (550 N. Oregon Trail) from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, in American Falls.
Idaho Transportation Department staff will be available to provide information on the project and answer questions. Those interested in the project are encourged to attend any time between 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Press Release – 10/18/17

Comments are due by Monday, Nov. 20
Options for commenting on this project:

• Comments can be left through an online, interactive map at: http://iplan.maps.arcgis.com/apps/GeoForm/index.html?appid=e9a93a7121fb4743ac839c5b77570820

• Emailed to: Dan.Harelson@itd.idaho.gov

• Mailed to: Dan Harelson, Idaho Transportation Department District 5 Office, 5151 S. 5th Avenue, Pocatello, ID 83204

Idaho Transportation Department is designing improvements to US-30 Georgetown Summit to Nounan Road.

US-30 is heavily used by freight and semi-truck vehicles. Approximately thirty percent of the traffic along this corridor consists of commercial trucks. Much of this heavy vehicle volume is attributed to trucks traveling between Idaho and Wyoming, using U.S. 30 as a short-cut between Interstate 15 and Interstate 80.

ITD held a public open house at Georgetown Elementary on September 13, 2017.
US-30 Open House Postcard, September 2017

Possible roadway improvements include:
• Pavement rehabilitation of approximately six miles of U.S. 30 from Georgetown Summit to Nounan Road.
• Safety enhancements including shoulder widening and guardrail upgrades
• Roadway alignment improvements near Milepost 422 (in the vicinity of the S-curves north of Georgetown)
• Isolated drainage measures and pedestrian ramp locations

A design process is beginning for a proposal to add a full local access interchange to I-15 north of the existing I-15, I-86 wye interchange. These infrastructure improvements would create a 3-pronged system to system interchange with local access to the west along I-86 at Route 91, local access to the south along I-15 at Pocatello Creek Road and a new local access point at proposed extension of Siphon Road to the north along I-15.

The purpose of this project is to improve safety and mobility at this system interchange area. Roadway geometrics and structures will need to be upgraded to current standards. Functional obsolescence requires the need for complete replacement of the aging 1960’s bridge structures. In addition, structures have insufficient ratings for their decks, substructure, and superstructures. New roadway geometrics to accommodate local access will be required to improve safety and increase interstate system-to-system mobility. As ITD is exploring the Economic Opportunity, Mobility and Safety of this system interchange, we anticipate there will be improvements to the turning movements for motorists and overall better function of the System interchange.

Estimate | Schedule
The estimated programed cost for this project including right-of-way purchase, planning, design, construction engineering and implementation is anticipated to be $55 million. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2022 and conclude in 2023.

Background
The project is located in the Pocatello/Chubbuck metropolitan area in southeastern Idaho and is served by the two interstate links of I-15 and I-86 that were constructed in the 1960’s. I-15 connects Idaho to Utah in the south and Montana to the north while I-86, in combination with I-84 further to the west, connects the area to the Twin Falls and Boise areas as well as other westerly points. This area has experienced moderate growth over the past few decades, but more rapid residential growth in the last decade. As a result, congestion and safety issues at the limited points of access to the interstate system have been experienced and various proposals to provide additional access to the interstate system have been recently evaluated.

Contacts:

Eric Staats | District 5 Project Manager | 208-239-3328 | Eric.Staats@itd.idaho.gov

Adam Rush | Public Involvement Coordinator | 208-334-8119 | Adam.Rush@itd.idaho.gov

Mail comments to:
Idaho Transportation Department, Attn: Adam Rush
PO Box 7129, Boise, ID 83707

The I-15/Siphon Road project will be called the Northgate Interchange. A ground breaking ceremony was held on Thursday, September 14 at 1 p.m.

The I-15/Siphon Road project includes the construction of a bridge over I-15 with interstate highway entrance/exit ramps. Any new local roads connecting the existing local-road network to the new interchange will be built by local entities prior to the completion of the new interchange.

The need for the interchange arises from the following issues:

  • Limited existing access to I-15 north of the I-15/I-86 junction causes out-of-direction travel that contributes to congestion on U.S. 91 (Yellowstone Avenue)
  • Limited existing access to I-15 north of the I-15/I-86 junction is not expected to accommodate the area’s projected future growth northeast of Pocatello and Chubbuck in Bannock County
  • Crash rates on U.S. 91 and I-15 in the Pocatello/Chubbuck area exceed statewide averages

Since the previous public outreach for the I-15/Siphon Road Interchange project was concluded more than five years ago, the transportation department provided an update on the project on the proposed interchange layout. A public comment period was held during the summer of 2017 and ended on July 31.

The project is currently being developed, with construction starting as early as 2018. The interchange will be built approximately three-quarters of a mile north of the Chubbuck Road overpass (milepost 73.5) in Bannock County.

Contacts
Adam.Rush@itd.idaho.gov, or Greydon.Wright@itd.idaho.gov.
Idaho Transportation Department, Attn: Adam Rush, P.O. Box 7129, Boise, ID 83707.

For questions or comments regarding the construction of the new local connector roads outside interstate right-of-way, please contact the city of Chubbuck, city of Pocatello, or Bannock County.

Yellowstone Avenue Safety Enhancements: Cedar Street to Alameda Road

Yellowstone Ave Median DiagramThe Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is currently designing safety enhancements for Yellowstone Avenue between Cedar Street and Alameda Road in Pocatello. The project will:

· Install a raised median along the center of Yellowstone between the Cedar and Alameda intersections.
· Adjust signal timing at the Alameda intersection.

This project will improve safety in the area, and is estimated to be constructed by 2020.
· Yellowstone Ave. Project Information and Contacts

History
In 2014, ITD began a study to address safety considerations at both the Yellowstone/ Alameda intersection and the stretch of Yellowstone between Cedar and Alameda. Part of this study was an analysis of crash data that indicated a safety problem along this stretch of roadway. ITD used both the crash data and traffic data to model different improvements and intersection designs that could address the safety issue and provide for more capacity. The results of the study showed that the installation of a continuous raised median along Yellowstone between the Cedar and Alameda intersections would provide a substantial safety benefit for the corridor and the traveling public.

Next Steps: ITD held a public meeting on August 15, 2017. Return to this web page (itd.idaho.gov/d5) for details about public information meetings and schedule updates.
· August 15, 2017 Displays and information

Yellowstone Project Schedule

Proposed Design Layout for I-15, Rose Road Interchange

I-15 Rose Interchange Plan

Project Name: I-15, Rose Rd. Interchange-Key Number: 14002

Project Description:
This project at I-15 Rose Rd Interchange (Exit 98) will replace the existing bridge over I-15, and update the on- and off-ramps. The need for this project arises from the poor condition of the existing bridge, and the existing exit ramp configuration does not meet current design standards. The purpose of this project is to improve the safety and mobility for the community, agriculture industry, surrounding businesses, freight industry, and the traveling public. This project is planned to be constructed in 2018.

What happened recently:
The Idaho Transportation Department held a public hearing at Blackfoot City Hall on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. Hearing displays illustrated information on the project, and transportation department staff was available to answer questions.

The comments from the hearing have been summarized and addressed as shown in the Public Comment Summary document below.

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements have been completed and approved February 7, 2017.

Public Hearing Materials:

What is happening now:
ITD is currently working with the adjacent property owners to acquire property and final design plans are being assembled.

What’s next:

  1. After all the property is purchased, ITD will finalize the plans and submit the project to be let for bid by potential contractors.
  2. Construction is expected to begin early in 2018.

What has happened previously:
ITD’s early work on this project focused on looking at alternative locations for the existing interchange (Exit 98). This idea came from local interest in adding another interchange to this part of I-15 after the Rose Rd Overpass bridge collapsed in the 1997 floods. The Rose Road Overpass is south of the Exit 98 Rose Road interchange.

ITD held a Public Information Meeting on August 1, 2013 at Blackfoot City Hall to discuss this project, including potential interchange locations, with the local community. Citizens shared opinions and ideas, and the project design team incorporated the public input into the project development.

The outcome of the public information meeting showed little support for moving the existing interchange, and as of yet, the traffic and planning studies that would allow an informed engineering decision on moving or adding an interchange on I-15 have not been done. Therefore, this project will replace the Rose Rd interchange bridge at the current Exit 98 location.

ITD has moved forward with the interchange design in its current location. Several alternative layouts were evaluated and a preferred alternative has been chosen.

ITD invited the community to share their opinions on the proposed interchange layout and provide comments on the construction timing at a Public Hearing.

Contacts:

Andrea Sheppard, ITD Project Manager, District 5, (208) 239-3325
Andrea.Sheppard@itd.idaho.gov

Adam Rush, Public Involvement Coordinator, (208) 334-8119
Adam.Rush@itd.idaho.gov

US-30, Philbin Road Intersection

Key Number: 20299
Project Number: A020(299)

Project Description:
The US-30, Philbin Road Intersection project is a safety improvement project at the intersection of US-30 (Garrett Way) and Philbin Road in Pocatello. This project competed with other projects across the state for special funds earmarked specifically for safety improvements, and was chosen due to the history of fatal and serious injury crashes at the intersection.

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) has determined that a traffic signal will be the most effective way to reduce the crashes at the intersection. A traffic signal is also warranted due to an increasing number of vehicles traveling on Philbin Road.

The signal is expected to be installed in 2018.

What has happened now:
ITD is starting to prepare construction plans. Once the plans are ready, this project will be advertised for bid by contractors.

US-30: Philbin Road Intersection

 

Contacts
Denice Wright, ITD District 5 Project Manager
5151 S. 5th Avenue
Pocatello, ID 83204
(208) 239-3605
Denice.Wright@itd.idaho.gov

Adam Rush, Public Involvement Coordinator
3311 W. State Street
Boise, ID 83703
(208) 334-8119
Adam.Rush@itd.idaho.gov

Key Number:  20155

A community workshop open house was held January 17, 2017 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at Montpelier City Hall.

Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is in the design phase of this project. As we progress through our design phase, we value your input! You can submit ideas and comments using the interactive map below.

What is next:
Using the open house results, Mayor Jared Sharp and the City Council will decide on a preferred striping plan. Once a striping plan is chosen by the City of Montpelier, ITD will complete the design plans by October 2017. The project will then be let for bid by potential contractors. Construction is expected to begin in 2019.

Project Description:
This project, located in Montpelier on US-89 (Washington Street) between the 12th Street overpass to the junction with US-30 (4th Street), will include:

  • full-width pavement repair,
  • upgrades to all sidewalk corners that are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act to bring them up to current standard,
  • safety improvements along the corridor,
  • replacement of all the school signs, including the pedestrian school crossing sign,
  • re-striping the roadway to a configuration suited to local needs.

In addition, new sidewalk construction and replacement of deteriorating existing sidewalk is being considered along US-30/4th Street from Clay Street to just north of Boise Street.

The need for the new asphalt on US-89/Washington St. arises from the poor asphalt condition. The Idaho Transportation Department and the City of Montpelier are taking this opportunity to upgrade the traffic safety concerns in the area with regards to the school zone as well as the down town shopping district. The purpose of this project is to improve the safety and mobility for the community, local businesses, the agriculture industry, the freight industry and the traveling public.

This project is planned to be constructed in 2019.

What has happened previously:
The Idaho Transportation Department has been in contact with the Montpelier City Officials working on what safety improvements are needed on Washington Street and other potential improvement needs that can be included in this project.

ITD and the City of Montpelier hosted a Community Design Workshop open to the public on January 17, 2017 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at Montpelier City Hall in the Upstairs Auditorium; 534 Washington Street.

These results were provided to the Mayor of Montpelier and ITD is currently waiting to hear what striping configuration the city would like to move forward with.

Contacts:
Tara Capson, ITD Project Manager, District 5, (208) 239-3321
Tara.Capson@itd.idaho.gov

Adam Rush, Public Involvement Coordinator, (208) 334-8119
Adam.Rush@itd.idaho.gov

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.

TTY/TDD Users: Dial 711 or (800) 377-3529 to use Idaho Relay System

Accommodation Requests
Accessibility Contact

News

ITD’s southeast Idaho office partners to put US-89 on Road Diet, solve speeding issue 

October 31, 2017
When city and state partner on a project, great things usually result. Such was the case recently in the small...
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Public-private partnership creates economic opportunities for east Idaho

September 14, 2017
One of the largest public-private partnerships in Idaho is moving forward after government and business leaders broke ground on the...
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ITD gives final go-ahead for Northgate Interchange

August 17, 2017
The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) has given the final approval to begin developing the Northgate (Siphon Road) Interchange in Bannock...
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Tin Cup Beaver Dam Restoration project benefits wildlife and ITD

August 15, 2017
POCATELLO - If Ruffles have ridges, what do riffles have? Beavers, it turns out. When a few beaver dams on...
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Idaho Transportation Board moves forward on Northgate Interchange (Siphon Road) project

June 23, 2017
BOISE - The Idaho Transportation Board unanimously approved a resolution Thursday that allows the Idaho Transportation Department to move forward...
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Corridor Studies

Project Name: I-15/I-86 Corridor Study    Key Number: 9884

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is studying I-15 and I-86 to identify current and future needs throughout the corridors. The study will result in a corridor plan that identifies policies and projects important to the development of these highways over the next 20 years.

Project Description

The completed corridor plan will include an analysis of the existing conditions on the highways; a forecast of future demand over the next 20 years; and a list of short- and long-term improvements on how to modernize transportation. The document will address the course of the highways 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 planning goals. 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 include:

  • Safety: What improvements will make the highways safer for motorists, pedestrians and residents?
  • Access Management: How can ITD and local communities manage the effect of development along the corridors so the roadways continue to function safely and efficiently?
  • Traffic: What are the best ways to improve current traffic flow and capacity throughout the corridors? Can we anticipate future congestion points and develop solutions?
  • Environment: What are the important environmental issues to consider when ITD builds improvements in the future?

Project Materials

Contacts

Adam Rush, ITD Office of Communications
Direct Line: (208) 334-8119
Email Address: Adam.Rush@itd.idaho.gov

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.

TTY/TDD Users: Dial 711 or (800) 377-3529 to use Idaho Relay System

Accommodation Requests
Accessibility Contact

Construction List

Southeast Idaho: 2017 Highway Construction Projects (District 5)

I-15 construction

US-91: Hansem Lane Interchange
• Work begins June 2017 and is expected to be complete by mid-July 2017
• This project will add turn lanes at the Mark Lane and Hansen Lane intersections.
• The project is $343,000

US-91: Shelley NCL to York Road
• Construction is expected to begin summer 2017 and finish in late spring 2018.
• This project will replace the bridge at the Snake River Canal at milepost 120.
• The project budget is $1.8 million.

US-91: Shelley City Limits
• The project will begin in July and is expected to be finished by the end of August.
• This project will mill and repave U.S. 91 through Shelley city limits.
• The project budget is $1.9 million.

ID-39: Riverside to Clark Road
• Work begins spring 2017 and is expected to be completed by August.
• This project will add a third lane from milepost 49.5 to 50.8.
• Construction budget is roughly $820,000

South Bannock County Pavement Preservation
• Tentative work July 5 to September 15.
• This Project objective is to apply a new layer of pavement to highways throughout Caribou County.
• Construction Cost $4,121,717.00

Freight

Contact Info

District 5 Phone: (208) 239-3300

District 5 Fax: (208) 239-3367

District 5 Foreman Contacts


Office of Communication Contact:

Bill Kotowski – (208) 334-8869


Address:
Idaho Transportation Department – District 5 Office
5151 S. 5th Ave
Pocatello, ID 83204-2202