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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Last Reminder Of Gov. Otter's Road Show

A public meeting is scheduled for tomorrow night from 4-7 p.m. at the Best Western Coeur d'Alene Inn for members of the public to give Governor Otter and other transportation officials input on how best to pay for repairing, maintaining and improving the states crumbling roads and bridges.

Escalating highway construction costs, declining revenue and unprecedented demand on Idahos transportation system have converged to create an annual revenue shortfall estimated at $240 million.

The three-hour meeting will be divided into two 90-minute segments, beginning at 4:15p.m. and 5:45 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend either session and share written comments. Suggestions also can be mailed to the Idaho Transportation Department, P.O. Box 7129, Boise, ID, 83707-1129.

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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.