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ASHTON — With expected work on Highway 20 between Chester and Ashton scheduled this summer, the Idaho Transportation Department and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are seeking the public’s help in providing feedback on that section of the road.

The two groups plan for an open house from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 11, at the Ashton Community Center located at 925 Main Street.

“The Idaho Transportation Department and the Federal Highway Administration are initiating an Environmental Assessment to engage the public and evaluate impacts, risks, benefits, opportunities and costs associated with roadway improvements and reconstruction of US-20 between Chester and Ashton. The public is invited to attend an upcoming meeting to learn more about the EA and provide input,” it said in a press release.

FHWA is the lead agency for the EA. The EA is being completed in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.

Residents may attend the open house any time during the meeting. At the open house, displays detailing the process, purpose, schedule and geography of the project will be provided. ITD and FHWA officials will be available to answer questions.

The Chester-to-Ashton road was built in 1932 and has not received a redesign since that time. The two organizations report that the roadway doesn’t provide sufficient traffic flow or passing opportunities to allow for increasingly large traffic volumes.

The pavement is beyond fixing and currently requires improvements to its subgrade and drainage features. The planned upgrades will also help provide for various design elements to help reduce crashes, it said.

“ITD and FHWA’s purpose in preparing an EA is to develop and evaluate one or more practicable alternatives for addressing the needs of US-20 between Chester and Ashton,” said ITD’s eastern Idaho project manager Drew Meppen. “We look forward to visiting with the public and getting feedback on the project purpose and need, issues they are experiencing on the highway, and suggested alternatives for improvements.”

For those unable to attend the meeting, information will be made available on the EA website the following day at may be sent to Andrea Gumm at or 208-220-5937. The two groups ask that comments be received by July 11, 2019.