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Planning Services

Planning Services

Planning Services

What is Planning Services?
Planning Services is a section of the Idaho Transportation Department’s Division of Engineering Services. It is a central office responsible for providing long term direction for the planning and management of Idaho’s state highway system, as well as tracking the delivery of projects within the Idaho Transportation Investment Program (ITIP). Planning services includes the Planning, Project Management, and GIS offices. These offices work together to collectively provide quality planning and project development products, services, and information to support and guide transportation investment decisions.

What Does Planning Services Do?

  • We articulate a long term vision for Idaho’s state highway system and implement statewide transportation policy through partnerships with federal, state, regional, and local agencies.
  • We oversee the framework for the department’s project management process and employ a number of tools to manage projects efficiently and effectively.
  • We generate the statewide construction bid letting schedule to optimize schedule and cost effectiveness for ITD and contractor resources as well as advance the departments goals for project acceleration.
  • We provide geographic information products and services through the development of spatially enabled application, databases, mapping products, analysis, education, and technical support.

How can you find out more about Planning Services?

You can check this website for updates, or you can subscribe for updates via email that will be sent directly to you.

Planning Services Email Updates

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Planning Contacts

Below is a list of planning contacts outside of 2PM, including planners from the various districts, LHTAC, and MPOs.

Local Highway Technical Assistance Council (LHTAC)
Lance Holmstrom, Executive Director
3330 W. Grace Street
Boise, ID 83703
(208) 344-0565

Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
  • Bannock Planning Organization (BPO)
  • Bonneville Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMPO)
  • Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS)
  • Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO)
  • Lewis-Clark Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (LCVMPO)

District Planners

Bill Roberson
District 1 Senior Transportation Planner
600 W. Prairie Ave.
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83815-8764
(208) 772-8019

Ken Helm
District 2 Senior Transportation Planner
2600 Frontage Road
P.O. Box 837
Lewiston, Idaho 83501-0837
(208) 799-4223

Mark Wasdahl
District 3 Senior Transportation Planner
8150 Chinden
P.O. Box 8028
Boise, Idaho 83714-8028
(208) 334-8344

Jack Shambaugh
District 4 Senior Transportation Planner
216 S. Date St.
Shoshone, Idaho 83352-0820
(208) 886-7823

Chris Peirsol
District 5 Senior Transportation Planner
5151 S. 5th Ave.
P.O. Box 4700
Pocatello, Idaho 83205-4700
(208) 239-3369

Bill Shaw
District 6 Senior Transportation Planner
206 N. Yellowstone Ave.
P.O. Box 97
Rigby, Idaho 83442-0097
(208) 745-5608

Our mission is to manage integrated highway and corridor planning tools and processes for implementing short- and long-term transportation system planning goals.

Our mission is accomplished by:

  • Coordinating specific short-, mid- and long-range transportation planning activities both within the Division of Highways and as appropriate throughout ITD;
  • Coordinating with district senior transportation and modal planners on statewide highway plans, district plans, corridor studies, etc.;
  • Developing effective analytical tools to support informed programming decisions;>
  • Developing effective approaches to communicate planning activities and results with our transportation partners and customers.

From farm-to-market roads to Interstates, Idaho’s highways, roads, and streets are vital to the state’s economy. The state’s agriculture, forestry, commerce, tourism, and recreation industries are dependent on good transportation facilities.

One of the greatest challenges facing Idaho”s transportation system is how to meet the needs of a rapidly growing and ever changing economy. Currently, Idaho is the fourth fastest growing state in the country. It is estimated that Idaho will see a 56% increase in population between 2010 and 2040 at twice the national average. With the increase in population, we will continue to experience record numbers of vehicle registrations and vehicle miles traveled each year. Thus, transportation planning is critical to ensure mobility for all users; compatibility with the environment; preservation of community assets; provide for flexible funding schedules; and increase flexibility and responsiveness to our users. Moreover, by integrating the current and future transportation system with land use at all levels of government, ITD aims to maintain the quality of life all Idahoans have come to expect.

To accomplish our mission, we strive to:

  • Promote efficient project delivery statewide
  • Incorporate standardized project management principles into ITD’s culture
  • Provide project and program management customer service and support
  • Support executive management and ITD managers in project delivery decision-making, strategizing and implementation
  • Provide standardization and consistency through organizational guidance and direction
  • Provide efficient, integrated business systems, tools and processes that provide cost effective, innovative solutions and best practices

Our Goals:

  • Lead by example in project management
  • Balance consistency with customization
  • Streamline processes and tools
  • Provide seamless customer service
  • Continuously improve