Amy Schroeder, manager of the recent award-winning, $857 million Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle (GARVEE) Program, will return to lead the next round of GARVEE bonding approved by the Idaho Legislature during their recent 2017 session.
The legislature approved up to $300 million in bonding this time around. The first piece is the I-84 expansion between the Franklin Boulevard and Karcher Interchange in Nampa.
The original GARVEE program wrapped up in 2015, after a decade of investment in the state's roads and bridges unprecedented in scope since the interstate system was built through Idaho in the 1960s. GARVEE allowed Idaho to invest in highway improvement projects in six corridors throughout the state, starting in 2006.
The 59 GARVEE projects were delivered without any delay to the regular construction program.
GARVEE projects also were delivered at an accelerated pace and at lower costs than anticipated. Funding the necessary improvements would have taken 30 years under the existing pay-as-you-go method. This enabled motorists to use the roads and bridges earlier and enhanced the state's commerce and commercial transportation.
Schroeder has been with ITD's District 3 office serving the 10 southwest Idaho counties as the engineering manager since 2011. She will be leaving D3 and returning to ITD Headquarters to manage the program. The transition period has yet to be decided.
Schroeder will continue to work closely with D3 on Interstate 84 work, and possibly other district priorities, depending upon what the Idaho Transportation Board decides to do with the remaining bonding authority.
“I'm honored to be selected and get to work addressing needs in critical corridors,” Schroeder said.
“The initial GARVEE Program showed the traveling public that the department can and will deliver on its commitments. The success of GARVEE also translated into a level of trust within the legislature, and that was the catalyst for the additional bonding authority,” she added.
“Amy is very experienced in complex projects and with the demands of the GARVEE program,” said Scott Stokes, ITD chief deputy. “Her experience fits perfectly with what the state of Idaho needs to deliver projects quickly on this high-profile program.
“Amy also is very experienced in finding innovations and solutions that are unique that help ITD, not only in the GARVEE program, but also statewide in other projects and districts,” he added.
“Like most ITD projects, success will involve a team effort with unified vision. Amy can find and unify the resources needed for this challenging program to be successful.”