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'Use it or lose it'

The Idaho Transportation Board begins a special meeting Tuesday on which transportation funds to apply for under the federal stimulus legislation, now that information is available on just which projects qualify. Replacement of the Dover Bridge in North Idaho is among the projects being considered. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)
The Idaho Transportation Board begins a special meeting Tuesday on which transportation funds to apply for under the federal stimulus legislation, now that information is available on just which projects qualify. Replacement of the Dover Bridge in North Idaho is among the projects being considered. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

The Idaho Transportation Board has just begun a special meeting to decide what to recommend as far as applying for stimulus funds for transportation in Idaho, now that the final information is available as to what will qualify. Dave Amick, manager of ITD's office of transportation investments, just told the board, "There's a huge amount of information to go over," and as far as the rules, " 'Use it or lose it' is just about as simple as we could explain it."

The board has before it a detailed staff recommendation that calls for requesting the governor to apply for $155.9 million in state highway system projects - including all eight projects the board identified earlier, including the Dover Bridge and the Vista Interchange, but with some slightly lower dollar amounts - and $18.4 million worth of public transit projects.  In addition, the recommendation covers $28 million in local highway system projects.




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