As of Tuesday, July 15, 2014
If all approved, more than $31 million in bridge, road and airport construction projects are proposed for implementation within Idaho County as part of the state’s five-year road map for planned infrastructure improvements.
The Idaho Transportation Department is seeking public comment by July 30 on the FY2015-19 draft of the Idaho Transportation Investment Program (ITIP) detailing projects statewide planned for construction through 2019.
The ITIP lists projects by highway route and location, identifies projected years for right-of-way acquisition, preliminary engineering, construction and estimated project costs. It also lists local construction projects that are federally funded.
During this five-year plan, the Idaho County Airport is proposed for a total $9,123,000 in construction work – spread out from 2015 to 2019 — that includes taxiway and lighting rehabilitation. The Cottonwood Airport is proposed for a total $98,000 in pavement rehabilitation and runway lighting. The Kamiah Airport has $80,000 earmarked in 2015 for a fuel facility project.
Bridge replacement projects within Idaho County are proposed to receive $9,392,000 for six projects: Manning Crevice (Main Salmon Road east of Riggins), Race Creek (U.S. Highway 95, one mile north of Riggins), Little Salmon River (U.S. 95, 19 miles south of Riggins), Fish Creek and Maggie Creek (U.S. 12 at mileposts 120 and 76, respectively) and Clear Creek.
Also planned is turnbay construction on U.S. 95 at Pollock Road and also at Lake and Greencreek roads, totaling $823,000. Resurfacing and road widening is planned on 7.5 miles of U.S. 12 from Tumble Creek to Lochsa Ranger Station, totaling $6,383,000. Twenty miles of State Highway 14 from Reeds Bar to Elk City is set for $2,357,000 in resurfacing work.
Projects planned within cities include $480,000 for sidewalks on East Street and U.S. 95 in Cottonwood. Resurfacing work is proposed for Grangeville’s Main Street in 2017 for $779,000; and three miles from West South First Street to Johnston Road along U.S. 95 in 2018 for $1,327,000. Kooskia is planned for $103,000 in ADA ramp construction in 2015-2016, and $238,000 for sidewalks on Broadway Avenue.
Public comments will help the department determine if proposed projects meet the department’s three main objectives of improving safety, mobility and economic opportunity.
All comments on the draft will be reviewed after July 30. After approval by the Idaho Transportation Board, the ITIP is submitted to the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.