ITD gathers public comment on highway projects
during spring and summer
Giving the public a voice in future transportation options is a key part of the department's committment to public service, so the Idaho Transportation Department is focused on gathering public comment on future projects.
In early March, two public hearings were held on the U.S. 20-26 Environmental Assessment and Corridor Study. ITD will eventually widen U.S. 20-26 to three lanes in each direction from Eagle Road to Interstate 84 in Caldwell, and make other improvemements. The widening will start in 2021 on the section between Eagle Road and Linder Road.
There were numerous attendees at the public hearings, which were held in Meridian and Caldwell. Comments ranged from support for making improvements more quickly to adding sound walls along the highway.
View a video about the hearings
The department held a public meeting in late June to share information on the replacement of the Idaho 55/Snake River Bridge in Marsing. More than 100 attended the meeting to learn about the plans. One lane of the bridge will be open during construction, which is scheduled to start in 2018. Temporary traffic signals will direct vehicles over the bridge. To learn more about the project, please visit itd.idaho.gov, click on Projects/Program, then District 3.
Other public meetings have been held recently on planned improvements to U.S. 95 in the Coeur d’Alene area and on the resurfacing of I-84 between Nampa and Caldwell.
The department is also seeking public comment through July 30 on the draft of the Idaho Transportation Investment Program (ITIP). ITD employees can help by sharing the comment period with stakeholders and encouraging them to participate. The draft ITIP can be viewed online.