E-2 is the preferred alternative of the Idaho Transportation Department because they say it's the safest of the four options, and the Federal Highway Administration has already approved it. Commissioners plan to submit an official letter that backs ITD's decision by the end of the week.
"Safety I think is our primary concern," said Latah County Commissioner Richard Walser. "I mean, there's other concerns obviously, but I think it seems like it might be the safest route, the straightest shot."
According to ITD, more than 350 people attended a public hearing on the matter last month. More than a hundred written comments were turned in, and 58 people submitted their comments verbally.
Opponents are concerned that a the four-lane highway would threaten the Palouse Prairie along Paradise Ridge. ITD will continue to accept public comments until February 23rd.