POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - On Thursday, the Idaho Transportation Department met at the Clarion Inn to discuss whether or not to move forward on helping fund the Siphon Road interchange project. Chair members at the event said they wanted all of the details worked out before they would agree to help fund the project.
However, the board gave the go ahead to update the existing environmental assessment where the interchange would be built at.
If ITD decides to approve the project, the population in Pocatello and Chubbuck are expected to grow. This project would also be the biggest private, public partnership in Idaho according to Vincent Trimboli, the communications manager at the Idaho Transportation Department.
"It would be the biggest public partnership of its kind, and the board wants to make sure we get it right and do it right. Because if this works, it potentially becomes a model to do more. So I think the board is taking caution only because this is potentially being funded with a lot of public money and a lot of Department of Transportation money. And they want to make sure they get it right. Because of this works, it may be something that happens again. So it sets a precedent for the future. commented Trimboli.
The boards contribution to the project would be $5 million. In the meeting on Thursday, they asked that a line be added to the contract saying they would not have to pay their contribution until the interchange project was 50% finished.
Currently, there is not word on when the Siphon Road Interchange proposal will be brought to the board again.