Idaho

Construction began last week on a $12 million expansion project at the Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA) that will add an additional 38,000 sq. ft. to the air terminal and a variety of new services and amenities. The project, funded entirely by the Federal Aviation Administration's Aviation Improvement Program, is scheduled to be completed in 18 months.

Knife River Corporation is constructing the Idaho Transportation Department's (ITD) $7.3 million U.S. 95 Weiser River Bridge Replacement project, which involves rebuilding a two-lane structure that has been in existence for more than 80 years dating back to 1939.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) Idaho is the least-regulated state in the United States, Gov. Brad Little said. The Republican governor said he's cut or simplified 75 percent of Idaho's administrative rules this year and leapfrogged ahead of South Dakota as the least-regulated state.

When 400,000 tons of mud, rock, trees and other debris obliterated 1,200 ft. of highway on Nov. 20, 1995, it created "the biggest slide of my career," said Mark Schuster, maintenance foreman of U.S.-12 for the last three decades. "When I got the call from Kati, I'll admit I doubted her." Just weeks on the job, Kati Young was new to Schuster's team, and the one who made the call that Noseeum Creek had overtaken the highway at milepost 124.6.

Several roads at the southern end of the Garwood-to-Sagle U.S. 95 corridor north of Couer D'Alene, Idaho, are being reconfigured as part of a multi-year project to improve traffic flow and safety. The intersection with ID 53 junction near Hayden, Idaho, will be replaced with a unique interchange, while the intersection at Garwood Road will be replaced with an overpass, leaving Lancaster Road as the last signal on U.S.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) BNSF Railway's plan to build two bridges as part of a second railroad line in northern Idaho to accommodate increased train traffic and future growth meets environmental requirements, federal officials said. The U.S. Coast Guard issued a final environmental assessment for the bridges across Lake Pend Oreille and Sand Creek at Sandpoint, finding no significant impact.

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) has kicked off a $340 million project on the largest highway in the state. The work is happening over 11 miles of I-84 in Ada and Canyon Counties, an area known as the Treasure Valley, the population hub of the state.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) A plan to build the nation's first small modular nuclear reactors to produce commercial power is a step closer. A Utah-based energy cooperative said that it has sales contracts for enough carbon-free power to begin a license application process with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to build the reactors in eastern Idaho.

Construction is under way on Idaho Highway 53, reducing the highway to one lane, with flaggers on scene, as crews widen the shoulders between U.S.-95 and Ramsey Road. Lane closures are expected during the day for approximately two weeks, and trees west of U.S.-95 also will be removed to accommodate a new alignment for ID-53.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) State officials approved a rewrite of Idaho's 50-year-old mining law, but they still have work to do. Republican Gov. Brad Little and other members of the Idaho Land Board voted to adopt rules intended to give mining companies the financial leeway to mine but also avoid leaving Idaho taxpayers paying for cleanup costs if a mining company goes bankrupt.

Telsmith Inc. , a manufacturer of mineral processing equipment, announced Pacific Rock and Recycle Equipment Company as a manufactures' representative for the entire product line of aggregate and mining process equipment. Pacific Rock and Recycle will serve customers in Washington, Oregon and northern Idaho.