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IMAP EXPLAINED 11-18-09 LMS

The concept of the Idaho Mobility and Access Pathway (IMAP) program was explained to the Salmon City Council during its November 18 meeting by the programís local representative, JoAnn Wolters.

She said the IMAP program has been in existence for two years and is a way for communities to obtain funding to build safe pathways for walking, bicycle riding and wheelchairs. The bicycle path program would encompass the cityís seven mile impact zone. Wolters said this area became involved in the program last Spring.

The state program is in conjunction with the Idaho Department of Transportation, has $9 million to spend by 2015 and is especially interested in projects submitted by small communities. She said the state is happy to hear Salmon has stepped forward and wants to participate in IMAP.

One prerequisite before being considered for funding is that a plan for pathways be included in local Comprehensive and Transportation Plans. Work is underway to include future pathways in Transportation plans now being developed.

Another requirement is letters of support from local government and other community entities. She said the Lemhi County Commissioners have signed on as has the Lemhi County Economic Development Association and the chairman of the Lemhi County Airport Board. Wolters asked the City Council if it would be willing to sign a letter supporting the IMAP program. Mayor John Miller assured her of a letter of support from the city.


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