Federal grant awards U.S. 95 northern Idaho project $7.4 million in TIGER funds
The Idaho Transportation Department was awarded $7.4 million in federal funding to complete the U.S. 95 Worley North Stage project in north Idaho. The award represents 80 percent of the overall $9.25 million needed to complete the project. The grant was awarded on an 80/20 match basis.
Winther named Safety Person of the Year
A District 2 senior transportation technician has been named the Idaho Transportation Department’s Safety Person of the Year. Tyrell Winther, of the Potlatch Maintenance Shed, is also an emergency medical technician and a volunteer with the Potlatch Rural Fire Department.
Whitewater Park renovations coming down the pike
More than a few ITD headquarters employees walk around the pond or otherwise take advantage of Whitewater Park, so the latest plans from the city of Boise for renovations to the park south of ITD might be of interest. Plans are to get started on river activities over the winter and then to continue work for 18 months.
GARVEE continues transforming Treasure Valley roadways
Seven months into construction on Interstate 84 in the Treasure Valley, new pavement and bridges are starting to take shape. ITD is rebuilding the Gowen, Broadway and Meridian interchanges and improving seven miles of I-84 near the interchanges.
New girders arrive for Lardo Bridge rebuild in McCall
The first three girders for the new Lardo Bridge in McCall on Idaho 55 were delivered to the site Thursday (Sept. 11). These first three girders were set on the far north side of the temporary structure, with the remaining three girders set on Sept. 17. The girders are approximately 157 feet long and weigh 197,000 lbs. apiece.
Encore: (9-12-2014) Traffic Incident Management training scheduled for October
ITD and the Federal Highway Administration are co-sponsoring the first statewide Traffic Incident Management (TIM) training for agencies that respond to emergencies on Idaho roadways. Training is scheduled Oct 7, 8 at the Riverside Hotel in Boise. The first day runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The workshop resumes at 8 a.m. the following day and will conclude at noon.
Encore: (9-12-2014) District 3 seeing reduction in work-related industrial accidents
The District 3 safety program has undergone major changes in the last three years, leading to a significant reduction in the number of work-related industrial and vehicular accidents. Industrial accidents fell from 28 last year to 18 in the recently completed Fiscal Year - almost a 36-percent drop. Vehicular accidents fell from 53 three years ago to just 32 last year, a 40-percent reduction.
Encore: (9-12-2014) Incident Response Driver Nick Jones receives kudos, twice
One of the Incident Response drivers, Nick Jones, was recently the subject of a pair of emails sent in by customers complimenting Jones and his delivery of exemplary customer service.
Encore: (9-12-2014) Recycling to become a easier while saving money at ITD
The Idaho Transportation Department is ramping up its recycling program. ITD Print Tech Gabe Sielaff is overseeing a recycling revolution of sorts (no pun intended) at headquarters with the hope that it encourages more people to recycle, while saving the department thousands of dollars annually.
Encore: (9-12-2014) Historic whistles, now dormant, were once vital to everyday life
They are relics of a bygone era. Like black-and-white television, transistor radios, and rotary phones, they remind us of technology long since left behind. Yet in another time, they may well have been as critical to ITD as the equipment used to build and maintain roads.It is a bit of Idaho Transportation Department history, and a bit of Americana. Though no longer in use, they remain tokens of a very different time.