Closures of Idaho 21 and Banks-Lowman Road required as wildfire season in southwest Idaho rages
An active fire season in District 3 has kept maintenance forces busy, and motorists double-checking if routes to popular summer camping and recreational spots are open and safe for travel.
Diatrict 1 - Innovation
Sliding girder installer saves significant money, reduces bridge closures by months, lessens traffic impacts
Foreman Gene Anderson and his three-man District 1 Bridge & Building crew leveraged creation of a sliding grader installer to complete repairs to the 56-year-old Interstate 90 Pennsylvania Avenue Bridge in just three weeks this spring. The repairs extended the life of the bridge to safely serve area drivers (approximately 22,000 each day) until the bridge is fully replaced in 2020 using a contractor. The innovation also helped reduce the duration of the closure by months, which allowed traffic to resume using the bridge much sooner.
Idaho Transportation Board
Pedestrian projects, travel and budget will highlight Idaho Transportation Board’s August meeting
Sidewalk and ADA ramp projects in St. Maries, out-of-state travel, and budgeting will highlight the Idaho Transportation Board’s meeting in Rigby next week. The board will tour area projects Aug. 17, and conduct its regular meeting Aug. 18.
DMV manager designs new driver’s license and ID card to be released this fall following half-day closures at county offices
DMV is unveiling a new card design and Bonnie Fogdall, DMV Business Operations Manager, had a lot to do with the new look. Bonnie and her staff worked with a new vendor, Marquis ID Systems (MIDS), to design the new license and ID card that includes leading-edge security features that are nearly impossible to counterfeit. MIDS is a license provider for several states, including Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Wyoming, Maryland, New Hampshire and the District of Columbia.
Trash out, wildflowers in — Happy Family Women's Club latest to combine community service functions on U.S. 95 in northern Idaho
When The Happy Family Women's Club called to reserve materials for their usual spring clean-up on U.S. 95, they added a new service to drivers – wildflowers. The group, District 1's Adopt-a-Highway Group of the Year, was just the latest to add the highway beautification function to the anti-litter efforts they have been involved with for years.
Public input sought via online survey about potential U.S. 20/Idaho 75 junction improvements
The Idaho Transportation Department invites the public to help plan future improvements to the intersection of U.S. 20 and Idaho 75 (Timmerman Junction) by completing an online survey about several potential roadway options.
(Encore 08-05-16): Safety in extreme temperatures often means thinking of the person working next to you
Working in triple-digit heat recently garnered news coverage in Boise, specifically in the Broadway Bridge construction zone. The story, which includes an interview with District 3 Inspector Kip Burden, highlights the importance of staying safe while working in extreme temperatures.
District 1 - Innovation
Guardrail washer promises to save district hundreds of hours, significant money
Cleaning jersey barrier after the winter season requires a significant investment in employee time each spring in ITD districts statewide. A recent innovation by District 1 Bonners Ferry maintenance fabricator Robert Buechner promises to significantly reduce those hours.