1/17/2020

Safety Corner
Consider safety when using state vehicles
Most of my conversations with District 3 Safety Coordinator Eric Copeland involve him saying “we cannot get complacent about safety.” It’s a great point and I always tell him “absolutely.” But I’d be lying if I said I’m always thinking about completing regular safety checklists.

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District 5
Innovation Steward profile: D5's Evan Snow
District 5's Innovation steward, Evan Snow, has worked hard to build up and encourage the district's innovations. Since Evan took over as steward 16 months ago, he has had an absolute blast.

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District 2
District 2 crews earn Excellence award in Maintenance & Operations category for spring slid cleanup
The clean-up effort this past spring by District 2 in the aftermath of significant slides won the Excellence in Transportation Award in December. The cleanup involved 1,800 personnel hours over a span of five days, and required every shed in the district to pitch in — especially the Orofino, Grangeville and Lewiston crews.

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Idaho Transportation Board
Vassar marks 10 years as District 2 advocate on Idaho Transportation Board
In December, Jan Vassar celebrated a decade on the Idaho Transportation Board as the District 2 representative and advocate. Vassar had recently retired as Lewiston City Manager when she was appointed in 2010, right about the same time an engineer from Michigan took the reins as ITD Director.

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Employees
ITD's MVPs
ITD employees have an avenue to share their appreciation for the assistance and guidance of colleagues. Recognition and acknowledgement is an essential component of job satisfaction. These are the MVP cards submitted by employees recently:

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Safe Winter Driving
Before you go, remember to pack your winter car emergency kit
Of the many things that Idahoans know a lot about, one of them is how to be prepared. Whether you have lived in Idaho your whole life or are a new resident, it is important to do everything you can to prepare for an Idaho winter. As the cold weather sets in, so do winter road conditions.

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Idaho Transportation Board
Innovation grants, state dwellings, higher ID-55 bid will highlight Jan. 22 board meeting
Innovation grants, state-owned dwellings and justification of a high bid on a Highway 55 project will highlight the upcoming January 22 Idaho Transportation Board Meeting at the ITD Headquarters Auditorium at 3311 W. State Street in Boise.

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Winter Driving
How Idaho drivers prepare for winter, even first timers
“You should change the speed limit signs when it’s snowing so we know what’s safe.” That’s what one driver told an officer after she was pulled over on a winter night for going 70 mph on the freeway in black-ice conditions. If you’re not used to driving in the winter, the suggestion might seem legit. But in truth, safety is the responsibility of every driver.

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Career Development
ITD Job Openings
The current list of job openings may help inform employees of the career choices available to them that make ITD a great place to work. It also may assist in external recruitment when looking for the best candidates.

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