Review of 2015 accomplishments highlight
A review of the department’s 2015 accomplishments will highlight the monthly business meeting of the Idaho Transportation Board Thursday (Dec. 17) at the department’s headquarters’ auditorium.
Annual report on outdoor advertising
Only four new sign applications were received during the 2015 federal fiscal year, which is a slight decrease from recent years. There were no appeals of any sign approvals or denials.
Of the 1,151 outdoor advertising signs along the state’s highways, 326 are in District 3. District 6 has the second-most signs with 252, while District 5 has the fewest, 123 signs.
Staff is working with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on ITD’s expanded responsibilities to include some National Highway System routes not on the department’s system. They are inventorying the new routes, measuring the level of compliance with policy and working with the local jurisdictions to bring the system into FHWA standards.
Freight Advisory Committee report
A Statewide Freight Strategic Plan is being developed. Some of the plan’s contents will include a network, safety, and policy analysis; the relationship to Idaho’s economy; and short- and long-term infrastructure improvement plans. The document is expected to be completed in October.
A Freight Summit is scheduled in February in Boise. The main focus will be the development of the Statewide Freight Strategic Plan. Another activity underway is stakeholder outreach, which was established under the Economic Opportunity Team. A minimum of two visits are scheduled monthly and 15 visits have been conducted to date.
GARVEE Transportation Improvement Program
As part of the reconstruction of the Meridian Interchange, FHWA approved the relocation of the ITD maintenance yard facilities at an estimated cost of $410,000. The other project is to construct a future frontage road as part of the Idaho 16 extension from Idaho 44 to U.S. 20/26 for $356,000.
Staff will be requesting board approval to coordinate with the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho to amend the FY16-20 Transportation Improvement Program to include these two state-funded projects.