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District 6

District 6 – East Idaho

Overview

East Idaho

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District 6 covers 18,588 square miles of the state and maintains 2,302 lane miles (lanes of road, on- and off-ramps, etc.) and 358 bridges.

District 6 is the third largest by population, with 207,000 residents or 13 percent of the state. Terrain includes plains, valleys and mountains, with highlands boasting eight of the 12 highest mountain passes in Idaho.

District headquarters is at 206 North Yellowstone Highway south of Rigby in Jefferson County, where Jason Minzghor is district (head) engineer. Former Idaho legislator Lee Gagner, of Idaho Falls, represents District 6 and is Vice Chairman on the Idaho Transportation Board. Learn more about District 6.


Contacts
District 6 Phone: (208) 745-7781
District 6 Fax: (208) 745-8735
Office of Communication Contact:
Megan Stark – (208) 745-5611
Currently Vacant
– Board Member –
Jason Minzghor
Jason Minzghor
District Engineer
Email Jason

Targhee Pass EA

Environmental Assessment (EA) Document Released

A print copy is available for public review at the following locations in Rigby and Fremont County:

  • Island Park City Offices: 3753 Hwy. 20, Island Park, Idaho 83429
  • Fremont County Planning & Zoning Offices: 125 North Bridge St., St. Anthony, Idaho 83445
  • Fremont District Library (Island Park Branch): 3368 Hwy. 20, Unit A, Island Park, Idaho 83429
  • ITD District 6 Office (Front desk): 206 North Yellowstone, Rigby, Idaho 83442
  • Print copies are also available at ITD Headquarters and FHWA Offices in Boise, Idaho.

Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) initiated the Environmental Assessment to engage the public, evaluate impacts, risks, benefits, opportunities, and costs associated with reconstruction of Targhee Pass (US-20 between its junction with Idaho 87 and the Montana state line).

ITD and FHWA evaluated a number of possible alternatives to improve roadway structural integrity, traffic flow and safety of the Targhee Pass segment of US-20. The EA summarizes the impacts of each alternative, and identifies Alternative 3 as the preferred alternative.

Roadway improvements included with Alternative 3 (and all of the build alternatives) are:

  • An additional travel lane in the uphill direction from Idaho 87 to the Montana State line
  • Shoulder widening from 5-feet to 8-feet
  • Hill cut to improve stopping sight distance
  • Left- and right-turn lanes into Big Horn Hills Estates entrances
  • Tree clearing to reduce shade
  • Road subsurface reconstruction and drainage improvements

In addition to the roadway improvements, Alternative 3 would include installation of an animal detection system throughout the 4-mile segment of US-20. The system would alert drivers to the presence of animals. This alternative does not include crossing structures with wildlife fencing.

Selecting Alternative 3 would require working with a vendor to install and then monitor and adapt the system over a period of several years to achieve a higher level of effectiveness. Monitoring would include evaluating the ability of the system to accurately detect animals, monitoring driver response, and monitoring road kill and crash data.

Public Hearing and Comments

ITD and FHWA invite the public to participate in a public hearing regarding the Targhee Pass EA.
Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019 | Time: 4-7 p.m.
Location: Island Park EMS Building | 4124 County Circle Road, Island Park

  • Comments may be submitted through February 1, 2019.

The public hearing will be an open-house format, so citizens are encouraged to attend any time during the three-hour period. The public will have the opportunity to view displays, ask questions and give written or verbal comment. Hearing materials will also be made available on the study website (IslandParkUS20.com) the day of the hearing for those unavailable to attend in-person.

Attending the public hearing is not a requirement for submitting a comment. Comments can also be submitted via:

  • Phone: 208-220-5937
  • Email: targheepass@langdongroupinc.com
  • Regular mail: Idaho Transportation Department District 6 (Attn: Public Involvement Coordinator), P.O. Box 97, Rigby, ID 83442-0097

Comments pertaining to the Targhee Pass EA by any of these methods will become part of the record for this project and may be submitted through February 1, 2019.

Accessibility | Title VI | Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance

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

Construction

Highway Construction in East Idaho

  • Go to 511.idaho.gov for the latest construction and traffic details.

I-15 construction

ITD has identified nine bridges for reconstruction on ID-28 between April 2018 and October 2019.

Construction on the first three bridges began the week of April 2, and lasts until mid-October 2018.

Bridge Locations

  • ID-28 at milepost 101.77 (11.3 miles northwest of Leadore)
  • ID-28 at milepost 103.12 (located .16 miles southeast of Lee Creek Road/Maier’s Lane)
  • ID-28 at milepost 105.51 (2.64 miles southeast of the Old Highway 28 Junction).

Traffic Impacts

  • Traffic will reduce to one lane with temporary traffic signals directing traffic
  • Lanes reduced to 11-foot openings
  • Speed reductions to 35 MPH through construction zones
  • Expect delays
  • Shoulders will be closed

Project will remove and replace bridges, enhance existing structure and provide increased capacity for the river.

June until November 2018, construction will take place on two additional bridges southeast of Salmon, at milepost 115.67 and 125.66.

Remaining four bridges, located between Leadore and Salmon, will be rebuilt starting in April 2019, until October 2019.

  • Construction budget is approximately $13 million. Contractor: Wadsworth Brothers Construction

Project Information

  • Bridge location is on US-93 between Mackay and Challis, Idaho at milepost 156.56
  • Work began May 29, and lasts until Sept. 30, 2018
  • Project will remove and replace bridge and enhance existing structure, including box culvert replacement and roadway resurfacing
  • Construction budget is approximately $13 million. Contractor: Wadsworth Brothers Construction

Traffic Impacts

  • Traffic will be reduced to one lane with temporary traffic signals directing traffic
  • Lanes reduced to 11-foot openings
  • Speed reductions to 35 MPH through construction zones
  • Expect delays
  • Shoulders will be closed

Planning

For the I-15/US-20 Connector Study, please click the banner below.

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is collaborating with the City of Idaho Falls, Bonneville County and other stakeholders on this project development.


 
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Accessibility | Title VI | Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance

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

News

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May 23, 2017
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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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Completed Projects

East Idaho: Construction Projects Completed in 2017

US-20: Thornton Interchange
• Work consisted of microsurfacing (sealing) the travel lanes and on- and off-ramps, painting the overpass and landscaping.
• Contractor: Western Construction Inc., of Boise. Construction budget is $308,000.

US-20: Bridge Repair (2 bridges)
• Project consisted of deck overlays, concrete repair and waterproofing – affecting U.S. 20.
• Contractor: D.L. Beck Inc., of Rexburg. Construction budget is $372,000.

ID-33: Owsley Canal Bridge replacement in Mud Lake
• Replaced the bridge with a large culvert and improving approaches.
• Contractor: Knife River Corporation, division based in Boise. Construction budget is $800,000.

ID-33: Henry’s Fork Bridge to junction with U.S. 20 mill and overlay
• Work consisted of resurfacing travel lanes.
• Contractor: DePatco Inc., of St. Anthony. Construction budget is $663,000 million.

• Work included constructing rumble strips and installing delineators along stretches of road.
• Contractor: Surface Preparation Technologies Inc. Construction budget is $289,000.

• Work includeed upgrading 22 different traffic signals.

  • Upgrades included replacing the older five-section left-turn signal heads with new four-section heads that utilize the flashing yellow arrow.
  • Rigby: The signal at State Street and Main Street was replaced.
  • Rexburg: The signal on Main Street and 5th West was replaced.

• Contractor: Wheeler Electric Inc. Construction budget is $1.8 million.

2017 Construction Map

Contacts | Services

Traveling through District 6District 6 Phone: (208) 745-7781

District 6 Fax: (208) 745-8735


Idaho Transportation Department – District 6 Office
Mail Address: P.O. Box 97, Rigby, ID 83442-0097
Location: 206 North Yellowstone, Rigby, ID 83442


Media Contact: Megan Stark – (208) 745-5611

For application forms go to ITD Form Finder and then search for “EncroachmentUtility Permits Video

  • Approach Permit application – i.e. driveway, road access, etc. (Right of Way Encroachment Application and Permit Approaches or Public Streets) – Search for form # “2109” or “Encroachment” at ITD Form Finder
  • For the Utility Permit application – (Right of Way Encroachment Application and Permit for Utilities) – Search for form # “2110” or “Encroachment” at ITD Form Finder
  • Other Encroachments application – i.e. signs, banners, etc. (Right of Way Encroachment Application and Permit for Other Encroachments) – Search for form # “2111” or “Encroachment” at ITD Form Finder
  • Milepoint Logs go to the iPlan – Mapping Resource for Idaho highway route information
  • iPlan – Mapping Resource
  • Access Management Informational Brochure

Encroachment Application Office Locations & Contacts

Regional LocationOffice HoursEmailCounties & Contact Information
North Idaho - District 1
600 West Prairie Avenue
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815
7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific TimeEmail: Stacy.Simkins@itd.idaho.govCounties: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Shoshone - Stacy Simkins, 208-772-1297
North-Central Idaho - District 2
2600 Frontage Rd
Lewiston, ID 83501
7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific TimeEmail: Shane.Niemela@itd.idaho.govCounties: Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce - Shane Niemela, 208-799-4239
Southwest Idaho - District 3
8150 Chinden Boulevard
Boise, ID 83714
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time
Payments are not accepted after 3:00 p.m.
Payment Phone Line:
208-332-7187
Email: ITDD3Permits@itd.idaho.govCounties: Ada, Elmore, Gem, Boise, Valley - Shona Tonkin, 208-334-8341

Counties: Canyon, Adams, Owyhee, Payette, Washington - Tyson McCoy, 208-338-8335
South-Central Idaho - District 4
216 South Date Street
Shoshone, ID 83352
8:00 a.m to 5:00 pm Mountain TimeEmail: Deb.Pierson@itd.idaho.govCounties: Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Twin Falls - Deb Pierson, 208-886-7839
Southeast Idaho - District 5
5151 S. 5th Ave
Pocatello, ID 83204-2202
8:00 a.m to 5:00 pm Mountain TimeEmail: D5EncroachmentPermits@itd.idaho.govCounties: Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, Power - Phone: 208-239-3300
East Idaho - District 6
206 North Yellowstone
Rigby, ID 83442
8:00 a.m to 5:00 pm Mountain TimeEmail: Troy.Despain@itd.idaho.govCounties: Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Teton, Madison - Troy Despain, 208-745-5644
Idaho Transportation Department Headquarters - Boise, IDUtility Permits
Email: Barbara.Waite@itd.idaho.gov

Sign Permits
Email: Justin.Pond@itd.idaho.gov
Barbara Waite, 208-334-8522


Justin Pond, 208-334-8832

Roadway Sign Request Contacts

Rock Patrol

It’s a critical, but often overlooked, aspect of ITD’s goal to improve driver safety. The question arises each spring – people wonder why they see snowplows still attached to Idaho Transportation Department trucks driving on bare roads.

The answer is simple: These trucks are patrolling for fallen rock on the highways.

Stretches of mountain road gather rock every day. Trucks with attached snowplows can remove it immediately, before someone hits the dangerous obstacles. Rocks can be as large as boulders several feet in diameter. Maintenance personnel patrol highways with a history of rockfall. Rocks fall from hillsides when disrupted by changing weather, earth movement, etc.

· District 6 Operational Contacts

Maintenance Foreman Areas

· Arco, Mackay, Challis
· Ashton, Island Park
· Dubois, Mud Lake
· Idaho Falls Area Vicinity
· Idaho Falls, Irwin
· Rigby
· Salmon, Leadore, Gibbonsville
· Sugar City, Driggs

Accessibility | Title VI | Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance

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