The American Society of Civil Engineers is out with its report card on infrastructure in Idaho. While the Gem State did better than the nation’s grade of “D+,” the society’s findings paint a less-than rosy picture.
Idaho is neither leading the class nor passing notes in the back with a grade of C-. The American Society of Civil Engineers describes the “C” category as infrastructure that’s mediocre and in need of attention.
The arrival of spring means more than rising temperatures. It also means optimal conditions for building. Across the Treasure Valley, the Ada County Highway District is launching numerous projects in what it says is a record-setting construction season.
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The Treasure Valley’s bus system serves more than one million passengers every year. But with the region’s population growing rapidly, transit planners want to quadruple the system in the next 20 years.
Tuesday, President Trump unveiled his long-awaited $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan. But in order to streamline these projects, the administration is proposing changes to the way they are reviewed for environmental impact.
The National Environmental Policy Act was enacted in 1970. Called NEPA for short, the law was created after the construction of the Interstate Highways System damaged delicate ecosystems around the country.
After neighborhoods in Hailey flooded earlier this year, leaders in the community are now looking at mitigation measures to prevent the water from rising too high in the future.
Safeguarding the Della View neighborhood from another big flood is a top priority. Some of the proposals up for discussion include raising or lowering certain parts of city streets, elevating homes in flood-prone areas, improving storm drain infrastructure and building berms along the Big Wood River channel.
Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter told reporters Monday he plans to appeal the federal government’s decision not to give Idaho disaster aid. He made the request to help pay for the cost of this year’s severe winter storms and spring floods.
On Monday, a panel of Idaho lawmakers said the time has come to boost the gas tax to fix roads and bridges that are in disrepair. Father and son truckers Cliff and Rusty Irish have seen the problem first hand.
The Irishes are based in Sagle, Idaho, about 60 miles from the Canadian border. They can rack up as many as 90,000 miles a year transporting logs and equipment across north Idaho.
As Boise celebrates its 150th birthday this month, the city and its residents are also thinking about the next 150 years. Boise is looking toward community planning to meet its goal of becoming “the most livable city in the country.”
And when it comes to planning a city’s future, Boise is looking to Jaap Vos. He is the director of the Department of Community and Regional Planning at Boise State University. Vos moved to town a year ago, and is building the academic program that will produce a new group of city planners.
Drivers and businesses in Northwest Washington are voicing elation now that there is a firm date for reopening the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River. The Washington Department of Transportation says the temporary replacement bridge will start carrying traffic Wednesday morning.
Just prior to the I-5 bridge collapse Thursday night north of Seattle, eyewitnesses report an oversized load struck a portion of the bridge’s steel superstructure. That’s the frame that’s key to holding the bridge up.
BOISE, ID – Three years ago the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the nation’s infrastructure a D grade. This year, a local branch of the organization says Idaho does slightly better than the U.S.
Think report card. Idaho would get a C minus overall for its infrastructure. Things like bridges, state highways, and public transit. Idaho did worst for upkeep of bridges and highways – a D plus. Seth Olsen is a Boise civil engineer. He helped put this report together.