6/15/2018

District 1
North Idaho crew shares improved sign catwalk at Foremen’s Conference
Faced with a laundry list of signs to replace this season, a D1 crew invented a tool in January to replace signs, and its immediate success prompted the crew to demonstrate its utility at the Foremen’s Conference in Lewiston yesterday. 

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Collaboration
ITD & BLM maintain essential partnership for fire prevention, sage grouse
A few years back, ITD participated in a multi-agency meeting to discuss habitat preservation in key sage grouse areas throughout the south-central Idaho region. Fire prevention was a side benefit.

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District 1/District 2
The roadeo from the passenger seat
After riding shotgun during one foreman’s turn at the Athol Roadeo site, the D1/D2 communication specialist now understands a little more of what it takes to be out on our highways.

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Innovation - Engineering Services
Master Agreement with Union Pacific Railroad is a huge timesaver
It can take up to two years for an agreement with Union Pacific Railroad to install safety improvement features like flashing lights or gates at a public crossing. Waiting for a safety upgrade can be extremely frustrating, so ITD began investigating alternatives.

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Employees
Appreciation: the new normal
A while ago, we celebrated employee appreciation week for state workers. Many districts and divisions also have employee appreciation functions in the window just before summer construction season really kicks off. That spirit of appreciation shouldn't be confined to a single week, or even a month — it should be an everyday occurrence. We're getting there.

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Highway Funding Options
A Guilty Conscience?
This came in June 12 to ITD Headquarters, under the title "Road Funding." Was it a guilty conscience, or was it a kid who got caught by his parents? Regardless, that $50 is our next funding increase. Seed money, anyway.

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DMV
Czesc! Sawa! Ola!
There are interpreters available for DMV customers and others who have limited English skills or who only speak a foreign language. Across the department, there are employees who speak Bengal; Chinese; French; Japanese; Polish; Portuguese; Spanish; Russian; Swahli and Vietnamese.

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Employees
Balancing the Transporter with more district news helps triple readership
The Transporter is one of the most efficient means of distributing news to employees, so with readership dwindling to fewer than 600 unique page views per week about a year ago, I began instituting changes to reverse that trend.

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