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How Decisions Are Made
Highways, aviation, rail and public transportation needs
are all taken into consideration when planning Idaho's
transportation future. Traffic patterns and congestion, land-use
issues, safety and preservation of freight rail lines are all
important. The transportation department's planning specialists
work closely with local governments, regional planning
organizations, the state's leadership and the public to respond
to these needs.
of public comment
Public comment is an especially critical step in reaching
decisions. The transportation department actively seeks the
public's advice throughout the planning, designing, construction
and operation of a project.
Not content with just having people come to public hearings,
the transportation department goes where the people are. Some of
the methods used to obtain public involvement include:
Reaching rural and metropolitan communities through
numerous corridor studies, which include: Interstate 84 Corridor
Study; Interstate 84 Orchard to Gowen Planning
Improvements Study (completed); U.S. 20 Corridor Study
(completed); U.S. 26; U.S. 91; U.S. 30; U.S. 75; Snake River
Crossing Study (completed) and U.S. 95.
Distributing information about the WYE Interchange
Reconstruction Project at local malls and other areas with heavy
traffic, such as Edward's Cinemas.
Weekly public meetings for major construction projects
such as the WYE and Franklin Interchange projects.
Setting up informational booths at public events, such
as the Eastern Idaho Fair in Blackfoot, the Twin Falls County
Fair in Filer and a transportation fair in Pocatello.
Providing an easy-to-use Statewide Transportation
Improvement Program booklet for review and public comment.
Meeting with Native American tribal governments, civic
groups and clubs.
Attending annual meetings for the associations of
cities, counties and highway districts.
Participating with local planning agencies in their
public involvement efforts.
Include public comment from mail, e-mail, and internet
interaction for people who can't attend Statewide Transportation
Improvement Program (STIP) public meetings.
Bringing public information and comment opportunities
to the Internet. These sites provide
24-hour access to project information for citizens who can't make
it to public meetings, as well as allowing them a forum for
questions and comments.
The Transportation Board appoints the transportation
department's director and delegates certain powers. The director
in turn delegates authority and responsibility for performing
work to transportation department managers.
Policies are recommended to the Idaho Transportation Board by
transportation department staff and nine advisory boards and