Thanks to funding from the Idaho Legislature and Gov. Phil Batt, the Idaho Transportation Board has added 14 highway resurfacing projects to this summer’s construction schedule.
The Legislature voted to take $10 million from a surplus in the state highway account and split the money between the state and local government for road resurfacing projects.
But Batt vetoed that plan, insisting that all the money go to state projects. In the final days of the 1995 legislative session, the Legislature voted another $5 million for state projects, meeting the governor’s demand.
In his veto message, Batt said there has been a rapid deterioration of state highways. In 1986, about 18 percent of the state roadway surfaces were deficient; in 1994, the figure reached 38 percent.
Resurfacing projects advanced by the Transportation Board:
Coeur d’Alene area, Idaho 41, Rathdrum to Spirit Lake Road, $841,000; Idaho 6, Emida to Santa Junction, $810,000.
Lewiston area, Idaho 8, Bovill to Ruby Creek Railroad Bridge, $1.25 million.
Pocatello area, U.S. 91, Utah line north, $640,000; U.S. 30, junction Idaho 34 to Bear Lake County line, $1 million.
Rigby area, Idaho 32, junction Idaho 33 to Fremont County line, $630,000; Idaho 33, junction 28 to Terreton-Hamer Road, $1.38 million.
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