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ITD budget for next year includes replacing an aging state airplane

The budget request for the Idaho Transportation Department for next year includes a request to replace one of the airplanes in the state’s three-plane fleet, a 45-year-old Cessna 182, “replacing an aging 45-year-old single prop airplane with a modern aircraft that will be safer for...

Idaho Transportation Department to pay $52K in fines for asbestos error

The Idaho Transportation Department has agreed to pay nearly $52,000 in fines for demolishing a Priest River office building that was riddled with asbestos, without taking precautions to keep the cancer-causing fibers from spreading. The Jachetta Building, which formerly housed insurance and law offices, was torn down last November. It was the second time in less than a year ITD had made such a mistake. The agency agreed to pay $55,800 in fines to the Environmental Protection Agency for demolishing an asbestos-laden building in Rigby, in southeastern Idaho, in June 2014.

Eye on Boise: ITD picks road projects funded by tax, fee increases

The Idaho Transportation Board has selected 27 projects, totaling $46.8 million, to complete in 2016 with funding from the recently approved gas tax and registration fee increases. All involve either bridge or pavement restoration or preservation; in North Idaho, they include $10.7 million worth of pavement restoration on Highway 95 in Benewah County, plus $1.1 million in bridge deck repairs or replacements throughout the Panhandle.

Idaho’s new 80 mph speed limit scrutinized

BOISE – When Idaho lawmakers voted to boost the state’s top speed limit to 80 mph, the focus fell on Southern Idaho where interstate highways link with Utah’s similarly wide, smooth freeways where the speed limit has been 80 mph since last year. Yet the Idaho Transportation Department went further and announced that it’s also studying all rural stretches of interstate highways in the state – including I-90 in North Idaho. And that is raising some eyebrows in North Idaho.

Idaho landowners battle with state to get land compensation

Alan Johnson’s company lost 16.3 acres of prime property along U.S. Highway 95 in North Idaho when the state seized it for a new interchange under eminent domain law. Now the developer stands to lose $1.1 million, which is how much the state paid an outside law firm to wrangle over reimbursement for the property.