Clete Edmunson, Gov. Butch Otter’s transportation adviser, said, “The governor believes that $82 million still allows him to accomplish his goals, which is, we started these projects, we need to finish ‘em.” The $82 million GARVEE bonding plan that JFAC just approved this morning on a 14-6 vote is the full $125 million proposal, less the cost of the Vista Interchange, which has been moved to federal stimulus funding. Since bids on existing GARVEE bonded projects have been coming in low, “That allows us to use those savings as a buffer,” Edmunson said. “Also, now’s the time to buy right of way. … We can get some good deals out there.” Edmunson said Otter is “satisfied with the $82 million -we’re going to work with the Senate and the House to make sure that gets through.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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