Past Public Involvement Opportunities
Successful public involvement means not only providing information to the public, but also gathering information during the process. Fostering two-way communication between the public and the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is a priority of this project. ITD actively solicited input related to transportation needs and environmental considerations during the creation of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).
Since 2003, the public has had numerous opportunities to participate in this project including attending open houses, public workshops, breakfast meetings and/or submitting written comments.
ITD also kept in contact with the public by creating newsletters, postcards and an informational kiosk.
To read more about our previous project news releases and newsletters, click here.
To read more about our past meetings and comments, click here.
A public hearing is a formal meeting where hearing officers listened and documented the public’s comments on the U.S. 95 Thorncreek Road to Moscow DEIS.
The public hearing for this project was held on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. located at:
Best Western Plus University Inn
1516 Pullman Road
Moscow, ID 83843
Click here for a map of the location
At the public hearing, you had the opportunity to:
- Provide written comments or give verbal testimony to a public hearing officer about the DEIS.
- Give comments during the open-microphone sessions held at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
- Speak with the environmental and technical experts who conducted studies for the document.
- Learn about the alternatives that were evaluated and their benefits and impacts.
- Look at maps for each of the alternatives analyzed in the DEIS.
If you did not attend the hearing, you may send written comments to Adam Rush, ITD Public Involvement Coordinator:
U.S. Mail: PO Box 7129, Boise ID 83707-1129
Fax: (208) 334-8563
All comments needed to be received by March 25, 2013.
The Idaho Transportation Department is continuing to work on final design plans and right-of-way appraisals for the U.S. 95, Thorncreek Road to Moscow Project. Design work is expected to be completed this spring and right-of-way appraisals will continue until the fall.
The Federal Highway Administration and ITD evaluated many alternatives for the new highway alignment, including western, central and eastern routes. The final eastern route (E2) was chosen after a multi-year environmental review process. ITD received a Record of Decision (ROD) from the Federal Highway Administration in March of 2016. The ROD gave ITD the authority to begin final design and purchase land.
A legal motion was brought against FHWA and ITD regarding the Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision for this project. In August 2017, the U.S. District Court for Idaho ruled against the motion in favor of FHWA and ITD. In January, an appeal to the ruling was filed in the ninth circuit court. ITD/FHWA submitted comments on the appeal on April 11, 2018. ITD does not anticipate a decision until later this year or early 2019.
Please call Ken Helm at (208)799-5090 if you have any questions about the project.