SHOSHONE — Idaho Transportation Department’s board has unanimously approved a resolution that will lead to the closure of its District Four administrative building in Shoshone. Under the resolution, ITD will study three locations in the Twin Falls/Jerome area for relocating the district headquarters. But some estimates show the impact to Shoshone and Lincoln County are hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.
Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, and Rep. Sally Toone, D-Gooding — who represent constituents in Lincoln, Gooding, Camas and Blaine counties — have advocated for keeping the headquarters in Shoshone.
“This is a devastating decision for the city of Shoshone and Lincoln County,” Stennett said in a statement. “The loss of jobs and economic activity for these small rural communities will not be easily replaced. I can’t help but feel the board turned its back on a bedrock Idaho community.”
The Shoshone office employs between 50 and 60 people. The city’s population is around 1,500 people.
“This is yet another hit to rural Idaho,” Toone said in a statement. “Our state leaders talk a big game when it comes to empowering our rural communities, but this is just another example of our small towns and counties losing out to the larger cities.”
ITD will consider whether it wants to sell or demolish the existing building, or put it to another use.