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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.


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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
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Construction List

2017 District 5 (Southeast Idaho) Highway Construction Projects

I-15: Fort Hall to Burns Road
• Construction began in April and is expected to be completed by Fall 2017.
• In addition to resurfacing the interstate, ITD will upgrade the guardrail along I-15 and improve the clearance below the structures at the Railroad Overpass, Fort Hall Interchange and Sheepskin Road.
• A temporary crossover pattern will be used during construction; both north and southbound traffic will use the same side of the interstate and will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

I-15: Lava Beds to Bonneville County Line
• This project began in spring 2017 and is expected to be finished by the end of the summer.
• The project will resurface approximately eight miles of I-15 between the Lava Beds and Bonneville County Line. The project will also upgrade guardrail.
• A temporary crossover pattern will be used during construction; both north and southbound traffic will use the same side of the interstate and will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

I-15: Idaho Falls Bridges
• Work on this project begins spring 2017 and is expected to conclude by the fall.
• ITD will replace guardrail, repair concrete, and resurface bridge decks on three bridges in the Idaho Falls area.
• The bridges are located at Payne Road, Shattock Butte Road, and McCarty Road – work will require closing each of these bridges for several weeks.
• I-15 will be reduced to one lane in each direction under the bridges during the day.

I-15: Pocatello Bridges
• ITD will work to preserve multiple bridge structures on I-15 through Pocatello beginning in May with the work finishing by the end of the summer.
• The work will repair and prevent deterioration of the bridges, replace guardrail, and install new sign structures.
• The bridges are located at South 5th Avenue, Barton Road, Terry Street, and Pocatello Creek Road.
• Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction in the project area.

I-15: Inkom Bridges
• This project begins in late May and is expected to be finished by the end of the summer.
• The project will make repairs to the bridge decks and replace existing guardrail along the I-15 South Inkom Interchange bridges and the Rapid Creek Bridge.
• I-15 will be reduced to one lane in each direction in the project area. Both north- and southbound interstate traffic will travel on the same side of I-15. The South Inkom Interchange westbound ramp will be closed on occasion. The speed limit will be reduced.

I-15: Arimo to McCammon
• Work begins in June 2017 and is expected to be complete by the end of the summer.
• This project will resurface the driving surface and upgrade guardrail along this stretch of the interstate.
• I-15 will be reduced to one lane in each direction in the project area. Some blasting of rock may be necessary early in the project to build crossover lanes for shifting traffic. The interstate may be closed for 15 to 20 minutes during the blasting.

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

I-15 construction

News

ITD gearing up for eclipse chasers

May 23, 2017
Preparations at ITD Headquarters and in the districts are well underway for the 2017 total solar eclipse. Officials throughout the...
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I-15 work begins soon between Lava Beds and Bonneville County Line

April 27, 2017
Work will begin work Monday (May 1), weather permitting, to resurface eight miles of Interstate 15 from the Lava Beds...
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Bad crash brings silver lining

March 24, 2017
Keeping our roads safe often requires a lot of partnerships
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Traffic sensors will aid traffic flow on I-15 during upcoming construction

March 21, 2017
Bluetooth-based roadway sensors in the Interstate 15 median will provide real-time travel information during construction starting later this spring.
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I-15 port features new tech, $2.1M annual savings

February 8, 2017
POCATELLO - New Weigh-in-Motion/Automatic Vehicle Identification (WIM/AVI) technology recently installed in southeastern Idaho at the Inkom Port of Entry (POE)...
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Design Projects

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

U.S. 91, Shelley to York Road
Project Name: U.S. 91, Shelley to York Road
Project Description:

The Idaho Transportation Department is holding a public hearing on Thursday, Sept. 3, to present information on potential improvements to U.S. 91 between the north city limits of Shelley to York Road.

The public hearing will be at the Shelley High School (570 W. Fir Street, Shelley) on Thursday, Sept. 3, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Idaho Transportation Department staff will be available to answer questions, and displays will illustrate information on potential changes. In addition, a hearing officer will be available to record comments verbally for those who wish to do so.

Changes to the route are designed to address existing and future capacity, safety, substandard roadway characteristics and operational problems. The transportation department plans to widen U.S. 91 to five lanes, with wider shoulders for the entire section, including adding additional lanes at county roads for turning traffic.

U.S. 91 will move away from railroad tracks to improve vehicle storage space between the railroad tracks and the roadway. The existing 3-foot shoulders are substandard, and do not provide adequate room for incident management and bicycling. Power poles will be relocated to the outside of a safety clear zone. Traffic volumes are increasing, with a growth rate of 1.4 percent, making this section of U.S. 91 one of the areas experiencing higher growth rates in southeastern Idaho.

Project Materials

Those with questions about the project can contact Greydon Wright by e-mailed at Greydon.Wright@itd.idaho.gov, or call him at (208) 234-3611.

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.

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.

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


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