Public transit, bridge funding and 129k request
Public transportation 101 training, a 129k request in southeastern Idaho, and a discussion on using the second round of General Fund surplus on bridges will highlight the October meeting of the Idaho Transportation Board in Boise.
The intent is to conduct “what if” conversations about funding levels and trade-offs between programs. It will be an opportunity to see on paper the impacts that various funding scenarios would have on the condition of the surface transportation system.
For example, if the board would have directed more funding to bridges and less to pavement in the current Program, how would that impact the performance measures? Would the pavement condition remain above the goal of 80 percent in good or fair condition? Would the bridge condition meet the goal of 80 percent in good or fair condition?
Overview on Transit Board Training
The Public Transportation Office organized this training earlier this year. The “Transit Board 101” training was directed to those who serve on board of directors for public transportation companies in Idaho. The training covered a wide variety of topics, including the public transportation landscape, an overview of public-transportation operations, roles and responsibilities of board members, and ideas on how to engage as a board member.
The training also included a workbook. The workbook is an excellent tool that will be used in the future for new transit board members.
129,000-lb. truck route request
Staff’s analyses confirmed that the route falls under the red route category, allowing 115-foot overall vehicle length and a 6.5-foot off-track; the two bridges on the route will safely support vehicle combinations up to 129,000 pounds, assuming the axle configuration conforms to the legal requirements; the roadway pavement is in “fair” to “good” condition and the higher weight limits should not cause damage to the pavement; and safety would not be adversely affected.
Based on those findings, the Board Subcommittee on 129,000-lb. Truck Routes approved the request and will recommend that the board direct staff to issue a letter of determination approving the U.S. 30 route request.
Using the Design-Build method of delivery, 26 potential bridge-replacement projects were identified, totaling $53 million. The projects address bridge deficiencies, condition, age greater than 50 years old, or structures restricting commercial traffic.