News that made headlines in the 2011 Transporter

The Transporter takes a look at transportation and employee news that made2011 a landmark year for the department. Under the guidance of Director Brian Ness, the department completed an organizational transformation, and introduced a number of new measures to improve efficiency, effectiveness, transparency, accountability and customer service.

In addition to realignment, the department also completed a new Strategic Plan and revised mission that incorporate a focus on ITD's role in creating economic opportunity -- "Our Mission. Your Safety. Your Mobility. Your Economic Opportunity." We also introduced a new Five-Year Plan that will guide infrastructure improvements.

Click on the following headlines to read articles from The Transporter archives.


Director Ness reflects on department's progress in 2010
Overheating caused computer system failure Monday
2011 State of the State and Budget Address
System study identifies benefits, needs for state's airports
ITD makes presentation to Germane committee
District 6's Johnson dies in weekend car crash
TD honored for facilitating organ, tissue and eye donations
Historic Perrine Bridge photos uncovered
Proposed plate hopes to make smooth landing
Training begins for Contact Center program


Director to present budget recommendation to JFAC
Affirmative Action Plan on Intranet for easy access
Survey shows how Treasure Valley get information
National Geographic to film District 6 moose projects
Governing magazine acknowledges ITD dashboard
Traffic fatalities appear to be at 47-year low in 2010
ITD, Corrections, taxpayers benefit from 'clean' partnership
ITD issues ExxonMobil permits, initiates hearing process
Budding engineers to descend on Headquarters

MARCH 2011

Nampa middle school girls explore engineering careers
Mary Harker honored as 'Woman Making History'
District 5 foreman injured in I-15 crash Saturday
Airport system study, plan gains national honor
Boise area's first computer housed at highways
FHWA presents 'Partnering Award' to D-1's Sorensen
Friends, colleagues offer tribute to retiring Neil Miller
Dansereau, Davis honored for safety, maintenance
Fernandez named engineering 'Fellow'
Idaho 3 honors Medal of Honor recipients
Slick idea helps D-3 stay cleaner
ITD offers new, improved version of new 'Dashboard'

APRIL 2011

Report compliments ITD's aggressive response, progress
Two-day conference to feature Mary Peters, awards banquet
ITD employees help Wounded Warrior education program
State highways victimized by rockslides
ITD preparing for arrival of rushing water
ITD projects receive honors from Council of Engineering Companies
Seatbelt advocate relives tragic crash that launched her involvement
DMV preparing to introduce new driver's license process
New division completes reorganization
Jerome County produces model land use plan
Rural highways focus of annual safety summit
Director Ness chosen to chair safety, emergency committee
Mary Peters outlines funding challenges

MAY 2011

Mike Golden begins new era as Chief Administrative Officer
GARVEE's Brinkman nominated for prestigious award
ARTBA honors Interstate 84 project for community relations
Idaho 21 wildlife crossing project receives honor
Mary Hunter preparing for dog days of retirement
Communications staff earn 10 Idaho Press Club awards
Conversion to centrally issued driver's licenses begins Monday
Meridian officials, citizens welcome Ten Mile Interchange
Kamaih students help clean highways, city
Emergency leaders prepare for potential floods
Motorists takes new Ten Mile Interchange for a drive
Contract awarded to 3M for modernization project
Tim Swenson passes away after 40-plus years with ITD
Bingham, Jefferson counties declared disaster areas

JUNE 2011

Welcome to ITD's inaugural online public meeting
Students to explore ITD options this summer
Workshops help teachers incorporate aviation in lessons
Dwight Horsch appointed to 6-year term on transportation board
New wildlife fence to promote safety, reduce crashes
Iconic turquoise building turns 50
Four scenic byway projects to receive federal funds
Idaho Falls teen gets to know ITD from the inside
Goodwill Staffing names ITD region's top employer

JULY 2011

Hearing officer recommends issuing Exxon/Mobil permits
ITD volunteers share expertise with Canyon County youth
Twenty-five youth share common bond – aviation
ITD engineers use cookies to demonstrate road building
Study reveals factors leading to motorcycle crashes
Vic Parrish named ITD safety manager
D-5 capitalizes on rebate program, energy-efficient lights
'Warm-mix' asphalt project garners Build America Award
Construction projects power economic engine
Brown-bag lunch series to focus on diversity
Utah's web-based planning tool to be demonstrated
Project Management Office receives ITRMC award
Director's streamlining effort captures national attention
ITD introduces new website for teen drivers, parents
Repairs cause weeklong detour on Idaho 55 near Marsing
Magazine article looks at Idaho's concrete bridges, past and future


Questionnaire first step in study of positions
“Ta-dah” turns to “uh-oh” for groups of teachers
Tribal member explains native culture during brown-bag lunch
Our little-known aeronautics sector is taking off
NHTSA plans review of state's traffic record data-collection system
Ten Mile Interchange featured in bridge magazine
Utah delegates explain how GIS benefits planning, design
ITD working to reduce single-vehicle run-off-road crashes, fatalities
ITD urges caution for motorists, children as schools reopen
ITD, partners team up for first backcountry airstrip paving
Gregorys make ITD a family affair
Idaho STAR reports motorcycle crashes declining


ITD launches study of office spaces at Headquarters
Eastern Idaho highways to be filled with bike racers Sept. 10
Topaz bridge project, foam fill featured in ASCE magazine
Family ties run even deeper at ITD
District 2 introduces new seal-coat warranty bid process
Public shows support for closure of on-ramp
New Perrine Bridge signs offer hope to despondent
D-6 tour reveals rapid growth in Rexburg area
New 'PASS' process to streamline access approval
Scaling operation removing hazardous rocks from U.S. 95
Students to hit the sidewalks Wednesday


Reorganization garners attention from national magazine
D-3 Introduces two unique cost-saving measures
ITD equipment operators compete at national event
WASHTO donates funds in honor of Prahasto
Perspective has large impact on communication
D-3 worker finds roadside windfall, returns it to owner
Avalanche forecaster sets record on El Capitan climb
Draft of five-year plan available for review
Idaho geography presents challenges for crash responses
Wounded Warrior training project wins AASHTO award
Trauma nurse puts safety message into graphic perspective


Volunteers sought for new trucking advisory board
ITD drivers reminded of cell phone, texting policy
Board to review Strategic Plan at workshop
ITD awarded $543,658 grant to help veterans
ITD encourages drivers to prepare for winter driving
Generous groups, individuals help Idaho airstrip system
Sleepy drivers create safety problems for others
New features added to 511 website
Traveler services provides information about highways
671 employees complete wellness challenge
D-6's Rick Davis dies as result of farm accident
New bridge, channel to improve fish passage


ITD introduces new five-year transportation plan
Summit to explore movement of freight throughout Idaho
Transported boat stopped for harboring unwanted mussels
Commuters, airmen benefit from repairs to I-84 east of Boise
Sand Creek Byway construction to continue through winter
Wing plows clear wider swath; drivers urged to drive carefully
Planned bridge replacement mentioned in national publication
Summit kicks off rail, freight planning efforts
ITD helps celebrate gift of life through organ donor program
Board 'adopts' new segment into highway system

Published 12-23-2011