Further research on the Targhee Pass Environmental Assessment (EA) report has revealed a very interesting piece of information.
In Section B, comments from 29-55, a total of 27, are all the same, copies of each other. It seems this was generated at the request of Kim Trotter with Yellowstone 2 Yukon (Y2Y), even requesting a copy of submissions be sent to her. There is no date when this was posted, however it was prior to January 30 as she requested comments be submitted to the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) prior to that date. What is she tracking? Here is the link to the Y2Y website with the request. The sample comment listed on the Y2Y website are the same as those 27 comments in the EA scoping report. In case Y2Y decides to remove the web page, here is copy of it that confirms those comments came from Y2Y.
This is why ITD only considers them as 1 comment, it came from one source, in this case Y2Y. There were occasional variations of the lead sentence, however ITD did count comments that contained this duplicated form terminology as ‘unique’ and proponents are now using those added comment totals toward their positive comment tallies.
It is unfortunate Y2Y incorporated their biased work into a comment form for ITD. Idahoans should have all information regarding overpasses in order for them to make an informed decision.