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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

SH 97 And Special KMPO Board Meetings

It's a busy week here at KMPO. We're running all over Kootenai County to keep up with transportation happenings.

Today KMPO staffers will be at Camp Easton on Lake Coeur d'Alene for a State Highway 97 Study Strategic Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting. The objective of the Study is to assess the ability of SH 97 to carry traffic brought about by growth over the next 20 years. The plan will evaluate existing and future conditions, identify potential improvements, and provide recommendations for improvements.

On today's meeting agenda: potential roadway improvements, environmental issues, practical roadway capacity, and a discussion of what comes next in the Study.

Tomorrow, we'll be at a special meeting of the KMPO Board that's been called to address vehicle emissions testing legislation passed by Governor Butch Otter.

The Board will meet with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) at 3 p.m. at the Post Falls Public Library, 821 N. Spokane St.

The meeting agenda includes a presentation of the Vehicle Emissions Legislation by DEQ and how it affects Kootenai County, and a Board discussion of alternative measures that may eliminate the need for emissions testing.

The SH 97 meeting today is just for SAC members, but if you have comments regarding the Vehicle Emissions Legislation, there will be time provided at the special KMPO Board meeting for public input. Or you can tell us right here your thoughts on it.

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Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Kootenai County, Idaho. Federal law requires urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people to have an MPO. KMPO was formed in 2003, to provide coordinated transportation planning within Kootenai county for the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and the Coeur d'Alene tribe.

KMPO's Board of Directors oversees KMPO for Kootenai County, ID. KMPO's Executive Director and Staff are responsible for day-to-day operational and administrative needs.