Targhee Pass EA Process & Timeline
The Targhee Pass study team is working through an open process to complete a thorough environmental assessment that considers and evaluates a range of potential solutions. During the scoping phase (December 2016 - January 2017), the study team gathered input from residents, local officials, regulatory agencies and other interested parties. Comments received are helping the study team refine the purpose of and need for reconstruction and will later help in the development and evaluation of alternatives.
Based on feedback received in the scoping phase specific to wildlife in the study area, ITD is working with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) through their joint Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop a Cooperative Agreement to increase safety on state highways by identifying and implementing measures to reduce the wildlife-vehicle collision's (WVC). Specifically, this agreement will include retaining a consultant to help further analyze WVC reduction along the corridor while IDFG and ITD work to establish best management practices to reduce WVC’s, improve highway safety, provide for wildlife connectivity, evaluate road kill data, and mitigate impacts to drivers from WVC’s due to wildlife movements across roads.
The activities outlined in the Cooperative Agreement will be developed concurrently with the Targhee Pass EA in which ITD will focus on identifying measures to reduce the WVC rate within the four-mile study area.