The Idaho Transportation Board wrapped up a two-day board meeting this afternoon, which included two executive sessions on personnel issues, without taking any action. That means they’re not making any change in directors; ITD Director Pam Lowe, who drew political flak this legislative session as lawmakers tangled with the administration over transportation funding, has been rumored to be leaving repeatedly in the past few months, but none of those rumors panned out. Lowe was at today’s meeting, which closed with board members discussing a new Idaho Attorney General’s opinion that says they can’t extend the Garwood-to-Sagle project on Highway 95 two miles at its south end without legislation. Such legislation was proposed this year, but failed to pass. If the project’s southern end isn’t extended, the new four-lane road would have a two-mile, two-lane bottleneck in its midst. “This is something we really messed up on and the Legislature messed up on,” said ITD board member Bruce Sweeney, “and we need to resurrect this. … It’s just stupidity, is what it is.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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