Branding, child ped. safety, 129,000-lb. truck routes will be discussed
at February Idaho Transportation Board meeting          

Equipment branding, seven 129,000-lb truck routes in eastern Idaho, and $2 million in child pedestrian safety projects will be discussed at the upcoming Feb. 21 Board Meeting at the ITD Headquarters in Boise.

Road equipment branding
At its meeting in the auditorium, the board will hear about the new look for ITD’s vehicles (pictured above).

Idaho Code requires all state vehicles to be lettered on each side with the name of its respective department. Currently, ITD’s equipment is painted white with reflective yellow striping and the ITD logo is on the door. The department’s name is not on the door.

To remedy this, and in conjunction with the use of branding, the department’s logo, name, and mission statement will be placed on both sides of the vehicle. The yellow reflective striping will be replaced by orange reflective striping on operations equipment and blue reflective striping on port of entry vehicles.

Children pedestrian safety projects
In 2017, the legislature approved the allowance of children pedestrian safety projects on the state and local system as eligible projects for the Strategic Initiatives Program.

Staff has been working with the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council (LHTAC) on this initiative. The LHTAC council and board approved a maximum of $2 million for children pedestrian safety projects. Seventy-one applications requesting over $12 million in funds were submitted. The applications were scored and staff will present the recommended list of projects to fund to the board for approval.

Some of the highest-ranked projects are multimodal corridor improvements in Moscow; sidewalk projects in Burley, Ashton, and Marsing; and crosswalk signage in Carey. The maximum award is $250,000.

129,000-lb. truck routes
Seven requests to designate routes for vehicle combinations up to 129,000 pounds were received in District 6. Staff analyzed the routes, reviewing criteria such as the bridges, pavements, highway geometry, and safety.

All analyses indicated that the routes can accommodate heavier vehicles, assuming the truck’s axle configuration conforms to legal requirements. The Board Subcommittee on 129,000-lb. Truck Routes reviewed the information at a meeting last month, and recommends board approval of all seven highway segments. Staff will present the route requests and analyses to the full board for its consideration.

Published 02-16-18