The Idaho Transportation Department is developing long-term plans to improve State Highway 44 from Caldwell to Eagle.
The plan will identify specific actions for improving safety, addressing mobility and supporting economic opportunity along the highway between I-84 in Caldwell and West State Street in Eagle.Read More
> Updating traffic projections through 2045.
> Developing concept designs for high volume intersections, travel lanes, and any necessary shifts of the roadway.
> Completing an environmental analysis of how the design concepts would affect noise, air quality and other environmental factors along the corridor.
These plans will include concept designs of three high volume intersections, number of lanes, any needed change of the highway centerline and improvements.
In addition, ITD will determine future right-of-way needs along SH-44 in order to construct improvements.
An environmental analysis is required before ITD can use federal funds to design and construct improvements. The previous Environmental Assessment addressed all elements required by the National Environmental Policy (NEPA) including issues such as noise, air quality, wetlands, visual impacts, natural resources, historic structures and other issues.
ITD will update this information based on any changes to the proposed improvements and traffic data, and will on build on the previous work on this corridor.
ITD has already set aside funds to widen SH-44 in two locations:
Work on these projects cannot begin until ITD completes this project and receives environmental clearance.
A phasing plan will identify how ITD will prioritize improvements as funds become available.