Transportation board tour of districts
An update on cleanup in the aftermath of the massive Idaho 14 landslide, discussion of the Thorncreek to Moscow U.S. 95 alignment, and review of an incentive grant linked to the Thornton Interchange project will highlight the Idaho Transportation Board’s March 24 meeting in Grangeville, at the U.S. Forest Service Office building, 104 Airport Road. The meeting will begin a day earlier with a tour of area highways.
Idaho 14, landslide repair
Idaho County cleared snow from one of the Forest Service roads, usually closed in winter, in order to provide limited emergency access to Elk City. Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter signed a proclamation declaring a state of emergency Feb. 24. A few days later, the Federal Highway Administration provided ITD $500,000 in Quick Release funds for emergency repairs. The total estimate for the slide repair is just under $2 million.
A contract has been awarded and West Company Inc. is diligently working to stabilize the slide and remove an estimated 100,000 cubic yards of slide debris.
Staff will request board approval to add the "Idaho 14 Slide Repair near Elk Cit"y project to FY16 of the Emergency Relief Program.
U.S. 95, Thorncreek to Moscow alignment
The project will expand a 6.5-mile section of Idaho’s main north-south highway from two lanes to a four-lane divided highway just south of Moscow. Three alternatives will be presented for the board’s consideration. Upon selection of the alignment, District 2 staff will proceed with final design.
STIC Incentive Grant
State match will be added to the $97,888 STIC grant for a total project cost of $122,360. The project consists of hosting a two-day demonstration workshop on 3-D Modeling and Automated Machine Guidance. This demonstration is associated with the Thornton Interchange project, which is under construction on U.S. 20 in District 6.
Staff will be requesting board approval to add this FY16 STIC Incentive Grant project to the program.