House transportation chairman: Infrastructure funding a major priority

Mitch Coffman Headlines

With the 2012 Legislature now disappearing in the rearview mirror, the big question for roads and bridges from the session remains: What does the state do about the seemingly overwhelming problem of road and bridge construction and maintenance in Idaho? That question is by no means a new one and there was plenty of discussion during the session acknowledging the …

Senate transportation chairman doubtful GARVEE funds will be approved by Legislature (video)

Mitch Coffman Headlines, Video

(Note: This is the first installment of a two-part interview with Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d’Alene, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.) The Idaho speaker of the House, Rep. Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, believes the remaining funds available for road and bridge work financed in part by GARVEE bonds could pass this session of the Legislature after not making it through …

Republicans favor posting construction costs roadside, while one Dem opposes it

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff Headlines, Uncategorized

A few weeks ago, IdahoReporter.com posted an article about why the two largest transportation agencies in the state, the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and the Ada County Highway District (ACHD), don’t post financial information about construction projects on roadside signs.  ACHD says that it would cost too much to post the information, while ITD maintains that fewer road signs are safer …

Slimmer roads budget includes less construction bond money

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff Headlines

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD)’s next budget will include reductions due to dwindling fuel tax revenues and a drop in bonding money available for construction programs. ITD uses no general funds, relying on dedicated and federal funds that come primarily from taxes on gasoline and diesel, and vehicle registration fees. “It was pretty much what we expected,” Idaho Transportation Board …

Next round of road bonds may be held up

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff Headlines

The leading Idaho House of Representatives lawmaker on transportation is calling for lawmakers not to approve the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD)’s request to bond $26 million for road construction in the Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle (GARVEE) program. “It’s looking very, very serious for us in the future,” said Rep. JoAn Wood, R-Rigby, the chairman of the House Transportation and Defense …

Transportation board lowers GARVEE bonding request

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff Headlines

The Idaho Transportation Board will shave off almost $20 million from its Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle (GARVEE) bonding request for next year due to lower construction costs and lower bids on projects. Instead of the $45 million the board approved for in October, $26 million will be bonded through GARVEE. Much of that savings comes from construction on I-84 in …