8/29/2014

Transportation Board
Board Summary
The Aug. 20-21 board tour started in Boise and ended in Stanley. A stop along the Banks-to-Lowman Highway allowed the board to view a slope-scaling project underway and the installation of permanent rockfall-hazard mitigation measures. The project to address the rockfall problem includes work on five separate slopes.

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Highways
Mud, water overrun Idaho 21 and Idaho 25 culverts
Culverts on Idaho 21 north of Idaho City and on Idaho 25 near Eden were overwhelmed in mid-August by water, mud and other debris in the aftermath of significant rains. On Idaho 21, approximately seven miles north of Idaho City between Rabbit Creek Road and Banks-Lowman Road, mudslide and debris closed the roadway the evening of Aug. 13. By mid-morning the following day,

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Public Transportation
Public transportation group to meet Sept. 4
The Public Transportation Advisory Committee (PTAC) will introduce its new District 3 chairperson and discuss funding and mobility topics Thursday (Sept. 4). The meeting will be at 9 a.m. in the Idaho Transportation Department's auditorium at 3311 W. State St. in Boise. The meeting is open to the public.

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ITD board appoints Gresham to Public Transportation Advisory Council
The appointment was made during a transportation board business meeting held Aug. 21 in Stanley. Each ITD district is represented and she joins four current members. There is currently a vacancy in the north-central district (Lewiston region). PTAC's mission is to foster public transportation for all Idahoans across the statewide transportation system by working to increase local and intercity services.

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Customer Service
ITD serves up information, public outreach at Western Idaho Fair
Amid vendors hawking plenty of fried fair food and sales representatives touting their latest products, the Idaho Transportation Department once again returned to the Western Idaho Fair, offering up valuable information about vehicle and driver services, highway safety and about any other road-related topic.

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Bush sends kudos to Drivers Services
One of the reported advantages of social media is it immediacy. As this story shows, however, that¹s not always the case. In mid-May, a message on the ITD Facebook page from Greg Bush said, "You guys are totally awesome! I have never received such professional, courteous and caring service from anywhere! Thank you for your assistance."

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Highways
ITD highway work will be suspended statewide for Labor Day holiday
Work that could impact travel will be suspended on all Idaho Transportation Department highway construction projects statewide for the Labor Day holiday, except in special circumstances. Crews working on the Gowen Road Interchange reconstruction plan to work over the weekend, with the understanding they will not impede traffic.

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Employees
Encore: (8-22-14) Boss Lift recognizes ITD's support of Idaho National Guard
It's not everyday that someone outside of the National Guard has the opportunity to ride in a Blackhawk helicopter or cruise in a Humvee. However, Idaho Transportation Department's Juan Oleaga, a manager in the project management office, did just that, thanks to his employee Derek Roy.

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2014 Leadership Summit
Encore: (8-22-14) Third Leadership Summit focuses on building the culture for a better Idaho
Compelling speakers, thought-provoking group activities and even a game show were just part of the Idaho Transportation Department’s 2014 Leadership Summit. Some 170 ITD employees from across the state attended the third agency summit, with its focus on “building the culture for a better Idaho,” on Aug. 12. Kicking off at 7:30 a.m., the day-long conference included a mix of speakers, all of whom focused on how every employee can develop and contribute to a better workplace culture.

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2014 Leadership Summit
Encore: (8-22-14) Sayer discusses top business principles for state agencies
Jeff Sayer is the director of the Idaho Department of Commerce. Appointed in 2011 by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, he has provided financial and executive leadership for companies ranging from startups to those with sales of more than $500 million. As the first speaker of the day at the 2014 Leadership Summit,

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2014 Leadership Summit
Encore: (8-22-14) Ness focuses on building the culture for a better Idaho
In front of some 170 Idaho Transportation Department employees at the 2014 Leadership Summit, Director Brian Ness highlighted how the department is doing, where it is going and how it is redefining its culture, one employee at a time.

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2014 Leadership Summit
Encore: (8-22-14) Culture change doesn't happen overnight
Dr. Tom DeCoster, a Professor Emeritus of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, is no stranger to the Idaho Transportation Department and to nearly 20 transportation departments around the country. He spoke extensively about what culture is and how cultural change within a company or agency doesn’t happen overnight,

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2014 Leadership Summit
Encore: (8-22-14) Johnson, Otto lead culture discussion
Jim Johnson and Jay Otto presided over a lively, interactive discussion with Idaho Transportation Department employees during the 2014 Leadership Summit. Otto is a research scientist and the managing director for the Center for Health and Safety Culture at Montana State University. Johnson is a national expert in assisting organizations to define their existing culture and transition to a more desirable one. Deeply involved with ITD’s cultural shift,

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2014 Leadership Summit
Encore: (8-22-14) Raney warns of complacency
Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney has been with the Ada County Sheriff’s Office since 1983. Sworn in as sheriff in 2005, Raney is responsible for the largest law enforcement agency in Idaho with around 650 employees and a $60 million budget. Raney told the audience of Idaho Transportation Department employees during the 2014 Leadership Summit that the “cancer of complacency”-if left untreated, can kill an organization.

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2014 Leadership Summit
Encore: (8-22-14) Good culture comes down to basics
Boise State University Broncos Head Football Coach Bryan Harsin believes a good culture can come down to the basics, like showing up to work on time and prepared. Hired as the head coach in Dec. 2013 at Boise State, Harsin is a former Bronco quarterback, and a former member of the coaching staff from 2001 to 2010. He also completed a coaching stint at Texas and at Arkansas State.

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2014 Leadership Summit
Encore: (8-22-14) Kustra recounts Boise State cultural change
Boise State University President Dr. Bob Kustra was the final speaker during the 2014 Leadership Summit. He has led a transformation that turned the urban Boise campus into a metropolitan research university of distinction. Kustra is the sixth president in the school’s 80-year history.

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Highways
Encore: (8-22-14) Speed, high performance: bridge project, Valley Corvettes featured at Idaho 16 ribbon cutting
As many as 300 people came out to celebrate the completion of a massive new bridge across the Boise River and the extension of Idaho 16 south from State Street (Idaho 44) to a connection with Chinden Blvd (U.S. 20/26) on Friday (Aug. 15) at a formal ribbon cutting.

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