ITD improves safety at crossing following teenagers' fatal crash
After a fatal crash Aug. 7 killed two local high school students, residents and officials came together expressing concern for the safety of the intersection on US-20 just south of St. Anthony. ITD, Eastern Idaho Railroad, local officials and residents worked out a short-term plan for the railroad crossing.
District 2 Innovation
Keeping the budget from flaring up
All ITD maintenance vehicles carry flares in case of emergency, but they can be damaged rolling around loose in the back of a rig. Bill Foust in District 2 solved that problem: New cases are expected to save D2 more than $5,000 this year.
OpEd: Pollution Solution
The darkest of all is not created by the lack of light, but rather by the knowledge that the light may never return. The hope of something better sustains us. Hopelessness erodes the spirit. The key is right under our noses. Literally.
50% ITD, 50% ACHD, 100% Confusion
The public has long confused ITD and ACHD. There is some occasional overlap, but generally we stay on our own side of the road. That misunderstanding about roles and responsibilities was the catalyst for a new hybrid position during the early days of the 1990s and the Connector.
ITD co-sponsors Traffic Incident Management Systems (TIMS) training Sept. 10
Federal, state and local agencies converged on Gowen Field Sept. 10 for the Traffic Incident Management Train-the-Trainer Course, sponsored by FHWA and ITD. The course is meant to increase the effectiveness of mutual aid from responders, identify measures that improve safety during incidents, and build geographical area coalitions between partners.
District 5 Innovation
D5’s Kunz creates Saddle Tank fill system for six-wheeled trucks
The old fill system for the brine salt prewetting system on the department’s six-wheeled trucks was slow and uneven. So this spring, District 5’s DeLoy Kunz, a Transportation Tech. out of the Montpelier maintenance shed, decided to fix that problem.
Office of Communication
Department triples social-media presence since 2016
In just a little more than a decade, society across the globe has witnessed the rise of multiple social-media platforms. While these outlets all offer slightly different interactions, the goal among their users is the same: showcase your offerings, and gain followers. ITD is taking full advantage.
ITD From the Vault: 1958: Dreamers, workers, and Déjà vu
Elvis Presley was beginning a stint in the U.S. Army. The average home price was under $13,000. Wages, on average, were approximately $4,600 per year. A gallon of gas cost about a quarter. NASA was created. And the Idaho Highway Board was being skewered, except in Twin Falls.