board to meet in District 5
The Idaho Transportation Board’s final road tour
of the year this week in District 5 will focus on southeastern
Idaho. Wednesday the board will participate in a reopening
ceremony in Franklin for a recently completed U. s. 91
project that expanded 20 miles of historic highway into
a divided four-lane route.
approves funds for four projects
The Idaho Transportation Board voted last week to use
$14.4 million in additional federal funding to finance
four statewide highway improvement projects. The additional
funds come from a redistribution of federal highway monies
not used by other states. Idaho is expected to receive
$14.4 million, a record amount.
church members to be honored for cleanups
Two southeast Idaho groups come from strikingly
different backgrounds but are united by a common goal
of leaving the world a better, cleaner place. Members
of the Jason Lee United Methodist Church and custodians
of the power county Sheriffs Office will be honored next
week for their shared commitment to clean Idaho’s
highways of refuse left behind by others.
planned for expanded U.S. 91
A route that brought the
first settlers to Idaho and helped establish the state's
first community will be ceremonially reopened after an
18-month reconstruction project, the Idaho Transportation
Department announced. The ceremony, featuring city officials
from Preston and Franklin, a state legislator and local
historian, is planned at the Franklin city park adjacent
to the highway, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
play major role in construction projects
Before workers and heavy equipment begin carving out the
Sand Creek Byway route in Sandpoint, archaeologists will
have to complete one of the largest testing and data recovery
projects ITD has ever undertaken. The Byway will be built
at a junction once used by Native Americans traveling
to Montana in search of buffalo or northward to the Kootenay
area of Canada. The area also was the site of a construction
camp for the Northern Pacific Railroad in the 1880s.
program team holds 2nd annual conference
ITD’s emergency planning will take another major
step with development of a statewide alternate route/detour
plan that will begin taking shape in the near future.
A private consultant is analyzing Idaho’s transportation
routes and will produce an extensive plan for implementing
alternate routes in the event of a major disaster or emergency.
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