Gov. Little signs transportation bill into law, expanding funds for road work projects

Aerial Shot of 1-90 bridges over Pennsylvania Avenue
Idaho Transportation Department

BOISE, Idaho — Gov. Brad Little has signed his transportation bill into law Monday.

Little toured Idaho to pitch House Bill 362 to local communities while the Legislature was recessed in March. Idaho has grown rapidly in the last several decades but its infrastructure has not been as quick to adapt—Little called his bill vital to keeping the growth and infrastructure aligned.

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The bill passed the state House and Senate, and Little signed it into law Monday.

The new law directs $80 million a year from the state’s sales tax revenue to transportation funds. This means there is no extra cost to taxpayers, and will allow the state to bond up to $1.6 billion for infrastructure projects—for instance, expanding I-90 to six lanes heading between the Washington-Idaho border, a project which could cost up to $775 million to complete.

“Idaho is the fastest growing state in the nation. To keep up with the demands of a fast-growing state, our sustainable transportation funding solution helps save Idahoans’ time, keeps us safe on our roads, and makes our state’s economy even stronger,” said Gov. Little. “One of the most basic responsibilities of government is to provide a transportation system that facilitates commerce and keeps citizens safe. I appreciate my partners in the Legislature and Idaho businesses for recognizing the need to invest strategically and sustainably in transportation.”

In addition to the bill, the Idaho Legislature also directed $126 million from the state’s budget surplus to kickstart transportation projects.

The Governor’s Office says this is the largest investment in transportation infrastructure in state history.