Members of a transportation task force say they have some
ideas about solving Idaho’s backlog of highway improvement projects.
One scheme appears weighted toward dipping into truck
Idaho Transportation Board Chairman Chuck Winder hopes some
solution can be found because the state’s roads and bridges have $7 billion in
identified needs, The Associated Press reported.
The Forum on Transportation Investment convened Sept. 27 in
Boise. The 40-member panel, appointed by the state Transportation Board, will
meet across the state over the next 18 months to gather information and develop
opinions that will culminate in recommendations to state officials and others,
said Sue Higgins, Transportation Board spokeswoman. Those meetings have not yet
Higgins said no specifics were offered about what steps the
task force would take.
Winder did note that more fuel-efficient vehicles mean less
fuel tax money to the state for miles driven. Taxing vehicles based on weight
may be better, he said.
Anyone interested in attending a Forum meeting can contact
Julie Pipal, ITD’s manager of budget, policy and intergovernmental relations,
at (208) 334-8804.
– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor