Transportation board to meet next week in Rexburg
The Idaho Transportation Board will visit with city of Rexburg leaders on the first day of its two-day business meeting in District 6 next week. The tour is planned for Wednesday, with a monthly business meeting to follow on Thursday.
Wednesday’s discussion with city officials will include the evolution of student housing at Brigham Young University – Idaho (BYU-Idaho) and a look at the economic vitality and importance of the transportation system to the area’s economy.
Other Wednesday activities include a tour of the BYU-Idaho campus and AMET, which develops and manufactures robotic welders for use worldwide. The tour will conclude with a visit to the Rexburg Airport.
Other board agenda items
Annual GARVEE Legislative Report
Funding for the program, since its enactment in 2005, totals $855 million. The document summarizes the status of the projects in the six legislative-approved corridors. The innovative tools and techniques developed for the program also will be explained. Some of those activities include use of pre-purchased materials, accelerated bridge construction techniques, use of completion and milestone incentives and consolidation of public information campaigns.
Recommended FY12-16 Idaho Transportation Investment Program
The ITIP includes 620 projects with projects estimated to cost almost $1.5 billion for the state highway system during the five-year period, excluding GARVEE. Some of those projects will preserve 2,009 lane miles, rehabilitate 61 bridges and restore two rest areas.
Upon board approval of the ITIP, department staff will ensure that the program mirrors the metropolitan planning organization Transportation Improvement Programs and then submit the document to the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency for approval.
State Highway System Adjustment
Formal action to finalize this transaction from Cassia County is expected at the transportation board meeting. The route is approximately 17 miles long. The cooperative agreement specifies that the county will be responsible for snow removal and other minor activities.
Once the transfer has been completed, the route will be known as the State Highway 77 Spur.