Broadway Bridge closes during replacement starting in January; Open House set Dec. 2
Starting in January, bridge and roadwork begins on Broadway between University Drive and Front Street. Crews will replace the Broadway Bridge over the Boise River and rebuild this section of Broadway Avenue, requiring a full closure. ITD will host a public open house Dec. 2 from 4-7 p.m. at Washington Group Plaza (720 Park Blvd.).
Idaho Transportation Board
Patriotic Gorley, bridge innovation and research highlight recent board meeting
Recognition of a patriotic engineer, the addition of a new innovative bridge project to the STIP in FY16, and a discussion of ongoing research efforts highlighted the Idaho Transportation Board's November 18 meeting in Boise.
AAA projects national average gasoline price falling below $2 per gallon by Christmas
With motor fuel prices heading further downward this month, the AAA motor club projects that the national average price could fall below $2 a gallon by Christmas, for the first time since the recession year of 2009.
"Support" was focus of November Constructive Culture Workshop
ITD's Training and Development Center was in disarray, with Popsicle sticks, paper clippings and masking tape littering tables. For Sandy Harris, workshop facilitator, the mess was proof of another successful Constructive Culture Workshop, held Nov. 16.
AAA: Nearly 47M Americans will travel for Thanksgiving
From USA Today: If roads and airports seemed crowded last Thanksgiving, it’s time to pack a little more patience as hundreds of thousands more travelers head out for turkey and stuffing this year.
From the ITD Vault: 33 years ago (April 1982) Eagle Road Interchange selected
In early 1982, the Idaho Transportation Board selected the location where Eagle Road meets Interstate 84 as the site of the next interchange in the Treasure Valley The new interchange opened to traffic several years later, in 1990. Twenty-five years later, the Eagle Road interchange is the busiest interchange in all of Idaho serving 133,500 vehicles every day.
Negotiators Plan ‘Ambitious Schedule’ to Unveil Surface Transportation Bill Nov. 30
From AASHTO Journal: House Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster laid out what he said was "a very ambitious schedule" for the conference committee to be able to file a final version of a long-term surface transportation bill on Nov. 30.
Encore (11-20-15): D1's Beachler creates weather app to help maintenance forces plan manpower and equipment
The first round of winter weather has already hit in many regions around the state, putting a premium on quick, appropriate response by ITD maintenance crews. District 1 GIS Analyst Robert Beachler has created a Web App to help ITD take the next step in its winter road-clearing efforts.
Encore (11-20-15): ITD's 511 system celebrates decade of service to travelers
Just before the first snowfall and Thanksgiving travel a decade ago, the 511 travelers service was unveiled, bringing a new level of service and trip preparation to Idaho drivers. Ten years and more than 22.5 million visits after that November day in 2005, an enhanced 511 service thrives.