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SH-75: Timmerman to Timber Way

SH-75 Improvements to Reduce Congestion and Improve Safety

ITD is advancing the design, right-of-way acquisition and construction of SH-75 segments between Bellevue and Timber Way. This corridor was initially evaluated in 2008; however, increases in traffic on SH-75 require forecasted improvements be updated to accommodate current and projected traffic volumes.

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Purpose and Need

Within the Timmerman to Timber Way Corridor, this project between Bellevue and Timber Way will focus on highway improvements focuses on highway improvements designed to reduce congestion and improve safety along a 10-mile segment of State Highway 75 between Timmerman and Timber Way. The project is needed to address: (1) current and projected daily traffic; (2) safety concerns for vehicles; and (3) safety concerns for pedestrians/bicyclists crossing the highway.

Project Location

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is evaluating design updates to the SH-75 segments listed below:

  • SH-75 between McKercher Boulevard (north of Hailey) and Timber Way (south of Ketchum)
  • SH-75 between Birch Street (north of Bellevue) and Fox Acres Road (south of Hailey)
  • SH-75 and Gannett Road Intersection (south of Bellevue)

 

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Click here to view the McKercher Blvd. to Timber Way Segment
Click here to view the Birch St. to Fox Acres Rd. Segment
Click here to view the Gannett Rd. Intersection

 

Project Components

The project includes an environmental reevaluation document detailing updates to traffic and safety studies, future traffic projections, design refinements, and reevaluation of social and environmental resources. Design refinements being considered are listed below:

  • Widening of SH-75 to accommodate through-travel lanes, safety medians, shoulders, and center turn lane.
  • Improvements at the intersection of SH-75 with local streets.
  • Bus pullout location assessment.
  • Pedestrian/bike underpasses.

The project will create shovel-ready projects that will be implemented when anticipated funding is identified.

 

Stakeholder Involvement

Stakeholder input is key to understand how the project area has changed since this segment of SH-75 was evaluated in 2008 and where design solutions are most needed. ITD is committed to ensuring stakeholders are informed about the project and have the opportunity to provide feedback.

Stakeholder engagement opportunities include:

  • One-on-one of small group stakeholder meetings (Ongoing)
  • Information tables at community events (Summer 2022)
  • Public Meeting: Nov. 15, 2022 (Community Campus, 1050 Fox Acres Rd, Hailey, ID 83333)

If you would like to meet with ITD to discuss a specific concern regarding transportation conditions on SH-75 within the project boundary, please request a meeting by emailing info@sh75.com.

 

Funding

Project design and future implementation would be implemented using Governor Brad Little’s Leading Idaho Transportation Expansion and Congestion Mitigation (TECM) Program. This Project is one of several investments statewide that addresses Idaho’s rapid growth and aging infrastructure.

Winter - Summer 2022
Baseline Traffic Data Collection
Spring - Summer 2022
Stakeholder Meetings
November 15, 2022
Public Meeting at Community Campus (1050 Fox Acres Rd in Hailey)
Early Spring 2023
Preliminary Designs
Late Spring 2023
Environmental Reevaluation Document

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General
What is this project?
What is this project?

ITD is preparing for additional corridor improvements State Highway 75 between Timmerman Junction and Timber Way, with a focus first north of Hailey and second between Hailey and Bellevue, that will reduce congestion and improve safety. The project includes updates to traffic and safety studies, future corridor traffic projections, design refinements, and reevaluation of social and environmental resources.

The project is named the “Timmerman to Timber Way Project” because that is the segment that is the focus of this work. The highest priority segments in order of focus are:

  • SH-75 between McKercher Boulevard (in Hailey) and Timber Way (south of Ketchum)
  • SH-75 between Birch Street (in Bellevue) and Fox Acres Road (in Hailey)
  • SH-75 and Gannett Road Intersection (in Bellevue)
General
What does the project include?
What does the project include?

ITD is evaluating design updates to the SH-75 segments listed below:

  • SH-75 between McKercher Boulevard (in Hailey) and Timber Way (south of Ketchum)
  • SH-75 between Birch Street (in Bellevue) and Fox Acres Road (in Hailey)
  • SH-75 and Gannett Road Intersection (in Bellevue)
General
Will private or public property be needed for this project?
Will private or public property be needed for this project?

Although final design is not complete, it is anticipated that additional right-of-way will be needed for the project.

General
Will anything be constructed as part of this project?
Will anything be constructed as part of this project?

No. However, this project is being phased in order to accelerate delivery and construction in the future as funding becomes available.

General
What is the project status?
What is the project status?

Preliminary roadway and intersection design is underway for the segments listed above. The designed project features are likely to be identical or very similar to those analyzed in the 2008 EIS.

Leading Idaho TECM Program
What is the “Leading Idaho TECM Program”?
What is the “Leading Idaho TECM Program”?

To address Idaho’s rapid growth and aging infrastructure, historical transportation funding was approved by the Idaho Legislature and signed by Governor Little as part of his Leading Idaho initiative in May 2021. This Leading Idaho TECM Program allows ITD to make deliberate investments in critical corridors to create greater connectivity for all citizens of Idaho.

Leading Idaho TECM Program
What does "TECM" stand for?
What does "TECM" stand for?

Transportation Expansion and Congestion Mitigation.

Leading Idaho TECM Program
Where does project funding come from?
Where does project funding come from?

In 2021, Idaho Legislature increased ITD’s portion of the TECM fund to $80 million of general sales tax revenue. ITD will leverage these ongoing funds into a bonding program that could yield as much as $1.2 – 1.6 billion in projects across the state as part of the Leading Idaho TECM Program.

The Leading Idaho TECM Program includes environmental planning, design, right-of-way, and construction on various projects within approved TECM corridors to address safety and capacity needs on projects that will serve communities across the state.

Leading Idaho TECM Program
Will all of the projects being evaluated under the TECM Program be constructed?
Will all of the projects being evaluated under the TECM Program be constructed?

No. ITD is taking a deliberate approach to advancing projects within the corridors that will enhance safety, mobility, and Idaho’s strong economy well into the future. While the Leading Idaho TECM Program is a major part of addressing Idaho’s transportation needs, it is just part of the solution.

Projects within the current corridors may be advanced into the design and/or construction phase but not all will be completed with the program. Focusing on corridor advancement now will allow the department to accelerate unfunded projects when funding becomes available. This funding flexibility will give the Transportation Board the ability to approve projects that address Idaho’s rapid growth issues with either the TECM funds or other state or federal funding that becomes available in the future.

TECM funds are currently being used on several planning, design, and construction projects. Additional corridor projects have been identified but do not currently have TECM funding. Visit the website for current information: itd.idaho.gov/TECMfunding. Idaho has a long list of critical projects. Many factors, such as construction readiness and benefit to Idahoans’ daily lives, contribute to when and why projects are advanced.

NEPA Reevaluation
What is a reevaluation?
What is a reevaluation?

A reevaluation is a term used to describe a review of any proposed change in an action, baseline condition, anticipated impact, applicable requirement, or mitigation measure as they relate to the environmental document or decision (in this case, SH-75 Timmerman to Ketchum EIS and ROD[1]).

The purpose of a reevaluation is to determine whether an existing environmental document or decision remains valid and to update the proposed action with current information, which could affect the timing and funding for improvements.

[1] Federal Highway Administration, Record of Decision, 2008.

NEPA Reevaluation
When is a reevaluation triggered for an EIS?
When is a reevaluation triggered for an EIS?

Federal regulations and ITD guidance require that a review of potential environmental impacts be performed when significant time has lapsed or other changes such as traffic projections or community development alter the previous recommendations.

NEPA Reevaluation
Will there be public comment on the reevaluation like there was for the original EIS?
Will there be public comment on the reevaluation like there was for the original EIS?

ITD is committed to implementing a robust public involvement program to ensure stakeholders are informed and have opportunity to provide feedback. Unlike the original EIS process, the reevaluation process does not include any regulatory requirements for public involvement or comment.

NEPA Reevaluation
What public involvement opportunities are available?
What public involvement opportunities are available?

ITD is committed to remaining open and transparent throughout the reevaluation process. Stakeholder input is key to ITD’s ability to respond to changing conditions since the 2008 EIS was prepared and to design transportation improvements where they are most needed. To accomplish this, ITD will be holding stakeholder meetings throughout 2022. ITD will also hold a public meeting on November 15 in Hailey, Idaho. For information, please see: Please Join our Public meeting!

If you would like to meet with ITD to discuss concerns, please email your request to: info@sh75.com.

 

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