Otter Takes Highway Funding Pitch On The Road

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is hitting the road this week to talk about the need to raise money to improve and repair Idaho’s roads and bridges.

The governor has scheduled meetings in Coeur d’Alene, Caldwell, Lewiston this week.

Otter says it’s important for Idaho to begin tackling its transportation needs now and figure out a suitable solution for funding the improvements.

Rising highway construction costs, declining revenue and heightened demand on roads and bridges have created a $240 million revenue shortfall for transportation projects.

Otter’s road show comes after attempts to raise money failed during the 2008 Legislature.