Targhee Pass News
Targhee Pass January 2021 Update
The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announce the release of a signed Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Targhee Pass Environmental Assessment (EA). The FONSI is inclusive of the final EA. The Targhee Pass EA evaluated the risks, benefits, opportunities and costs associated with reconstruction of Targhee Pass (U.S. 20 between the junction with S.H. 87 and the Montana state line). Electronic Copies of the FONSI and EA documents can be found on the Resource Links and Information page of this website.
Comments on the FONSI were solicited from June 24, 2020 to July 24, 2020, and updates were made to the document. Comments on the draft EA were solicited from January 2, 2019 through February 28, 2019. The final EA includes responses to comments in a new chapter (Chapter 6). The preferred alternative, Alternative 3, has not changed from what was previously identified in the draft EA document in 2019.
The preferred alternative includes:
- An additional travel lane in the uphill direction from SH 87 to the Montana State line
- Shoulder widening from 5-feet to 8-feet
- Hill cut to improve stopping sight distance
- Left- and right-turn lanes into Big Horn Hills Estates entrances
- Tree clearing to reduce shade
- Road subsurface reconstruction and drainage improvements
- An activated animal-detection system that would alert drivers to the presence of animals
- The alternative does not include crossing structures or wildlife fencing.
The FONSI identifies the preferred alternative from the EA as the selected alternative. The FONSI is being made available for public information, along with the final EA document and supporting appendices.
The Federal Highway Administration has decided to finalize and sign the FONSI, which concludes the EA process. FHWA and ITD will publish a Statute of Limitations notice in the Federal Register, pursuant to 23 USC §139(l), indicating that one or more Federal agencies have taken final action on permits, licenses, or approvals for a transportation project.
Construction at Targhee Pass is programed for 2026 in ITD’s schedule of planned projects.