SHOSHONE — The Idaho Transportation Department’s board may decide next week whether to leave Shoshone and build a new District 4 headquarters farther south.

The ITD board meets in Shoshone Wednesday and Thursday, and at the Thursday meeting it will hear testimony on the topic as well as a presentation based on the analysis of the proposal Bengal Solutions, a consulting group part of Idaho State University College of Business, completed this summer.

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ITD and its predecessor agencies have had a presence in Shoshone since the early 20th century, and about 60 people work at the Shoshone office. An ITD report last year predicted Lincoln County would take a $535,000-a-year hit in economic activity if the office moves. However, the same report recommended moving the office closer to Jerome and Twin Falls to be closer to the region’s population center. The existing headquarters needs renovation and is too small for ITD’s current needs.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at the District 4 headquarters at 216 South Date St.

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