ITD’s awards from national transportation organization demonstrate commitment to serving public
The Idaho Transportation Department stands among the elite transportation departments in the country for the second year in a row, demonstrating fulfillment of important commitments to Gem State citizens. During the past year, ITD worked to provide its customers good service, safe travel on state highways and economic opportunity. As a public agency, recognition of these efforts by a national industry organization shows ITD’s performance in these areas.
ITD employees earn kudos for work on Impaired Driving Task Force
Impaired driving in Idaho remains a significant highway safety problem, so an Impaired Driving Task Force was created in February. Fatalities resulting from impaired-driving crashes increased in 2013 by 32 percent, and 45 percent of all fatalities resulted from impaired driving.
Work to begin on pedestrian- and bicyclist-friendly Greensferry Overpass in Post Falls Dec. 1
Year-long construction of the Greensferry Overpass in Post Falls is expected to begin in early December. The project will build a new bridge spanning Interstate 90 and Schneidmiller Avenue on the south side of the freeway. The project will improve connectivity, traffic mobility and emergency response between the business districts and residential areas north and south of the interstate. The entire project is expected to finish next fall.
Annual vegetation meeting in Idaho Falls features training, best practices
District 6 hosted the annual vegetation meeting Oct. 28-30 showcasing specific industry training and more than 35 attendees. The meeting featured presenters from the chemical industry (pesticide/herbicide), representatives from county, state and federal agencies and various ITD personnel.
Treasure Valley students learn about highways and big trucks
Approximately 40 Treasure Valley homeschoolers braved cold temperatures Nov. 12, to learn about what the Idaho Transportation Department’s maintenance crew does to keep our roads safe and clear when winter hits the Treasure Valley. District 3 Transportation Techs Ed Prickett and Juan Salinas, out of the Caldwell maintenance shed, volunteered their time to answer questions and show kids around a snowplow and sweeper.
ITD Communications collaborates with Highway Safety to create new holiday campaign
The Office of Highway Safety is working closely with ITD’s Communications Department to create new and inventive campaigns for upcoming mobilizations – most recently the statewide Impaired Driving Holiday Mobilization beginning Nov. 27, 2014 and ending Jan. 4, 2015.
Encore (11-21-14): Public transportation, impaired driving and research activities led November board agenda
The transportation board heard reports on District 3 public transportation activities and the creation of an impaired driving task force, and received an update on ITD’s research program at its monthly meeting Nov. 13 in Boise.
Encore (11-21-14): Bathrick named new Public Transportation manager
Mark Bathrick was recently selected to lead ITD’s Public Transportation Section within Contracting Services. He took over leadership of the section Nov. 10. The newly formed section is responsible for many activities previously managed by the former Division of Transportation Performance (DTP).
Encore (11-21-14): Deep Thoughts: Zarate, Gordon ponder bridge over Clearwater River
ITD finishes successful project under budget and ahead of time.
How would ITD save a critical bridge over the Clearwater River in Lewiston while also enhancing fish habitat? Over the course of 29 days early this fall, that's the question ITD Engineer-in-Training Janet Zarate needed to answer.