A lot of attention is being devoted to repairing infrastructure around Idaho, especially in southern Idaho, be it because of recent weather damage or just long term needs, such as along I-84. But north central Idaho residents wonder about needs in this part of the state, as well. Highway 95 between Plummer and Potlatch, for example. Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports. (:54)
District 5 lawmakers were meeting with constituents Wednesday in Moscow when the question was posed– what about infrastructure needs in this part of the state?
District 5 State Representative Caroline Nilsson-Troy agreed, and pointed to the poor condition of Highway 95 north of Moscow as one example:
Caroline Nilsson-Troy: “Since when does commerce stop at Worley? Because every single thing that we do in this district goes in and out on the roads. All of our agricultural products, all of our timber products, all of our students, go in and out on our road system and this is ridiculous.”
Troy said the answer may lie in building a coalition among north Idaho lawmakers, and getting a stronger voice.
State Senator Dan Foreman said he doesn’t think further borrowing is the answer. He says the state needs to trim the fat out of its budget to help pay for repairs needed for roads, bridges, and other infrastructure.
I’m Glenn Mosley.
Posted April 27, 2017