Targhee Pass News

Schedule Update

EA Reviews The draft Environmental Assessment (EA) document has been reviewed by FHWA. ITD is working now to address FHWA’s comments, which includes some additional research and subsequent reviews between ITD and FHWA. We do not have a definite timeline for these reviews and are working to address comments in a timely, thorough manner. Upon completion of these reviews, ITD will release the draft EA for public review.

EA Release, Meeting & Comment Period The draft EA is expected to be released this fall, followed by a public hearing in Island Park. A 30-day comment period will follow the release of the draft EA. An email update will be sent regarding where the draft EA document may be obtained, how comments may be submitted, and details on the date and location for the public hearing.

The draft EA will be made available on the project website; print copies will be made available for review at convenient locations such as libraries, city and county offices, and ITD District 6.

Scoping Report & Impact Analysis

Scoping Report – ITD has published a scoping report summarizing public comments and issues to be evaluated in the Targhee Pass EA. This report is available under the "Helpful Resources" tab of the main navigation, or download by clicking here.

Impact Analysis – ITD completed an impact analysis, which evaluates and assesses the impacts of each alternative. The impact analysis will be part of the draft EA.

Refined Alternatives Available

The study team spent much of the fall/winter gathering more information, evaluating data, and refining the alternatives that were presented to the public in August 2017. Click here to view an interactive story map illustrating the current refined alternatives. As you look at the refined alternatives you will see a fifth alternative has been added.

Targhee Pass Environmental Assessment

ITD is currently conducting an environmental assessment of the Targhee Pass segment of the corridor (U.S. 20 between its junction with Idaho 87 and the Montana state line.). ITD is evaluating risks, benefits, opportunities, and costs associated with reconstruction of Targhee Pass.

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Targhee Pass EA Process & Timeline

Study Initiation Incorporate Comments Public Meeting #2

Alternatives Workshop
Public Meeting #3

Present Draft Alternatives
Complete Impact Analysis Public Meeting #4

Present EA Document
Stakeholder Assessment

Public Scoping/ Comment Period (12/15/16-1/30/17)
Refine Purpose & Need

Evaluate Strategies for Reducing Wildlife Collisions & Maintaining Migration Corridors
Incorporate Comments

Develop Draft Alternatives
30-day Public Comment Period

Incorporate Comments & Refine Alternatives
Prepare Environmental Assessment (EA) Document 30-day Public Comment Period

Finalize EA

Prepare & Publicize Decision
Current status

It is ITD’s goal to provide a process that supports open and transparent public participation. While an aggressive schedule has been set to ensure roadway and safety needs are met in a timely fashion, we have allowed time in that schedule to accommodate effective stakeholder engagement throughout the study process.

Contact Us

Targhee Pass Study Team
(c/o The Langdon Group)
677 South Woodruff Avenue
Idaho Falls, ID 83401
(208) 220-5937