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2003 Annual Report available online

The Idaho Transportation Department's 2003 Annual Report, which captures the accomplishments of the past year and shares a vision for the future, is available to all department employees from the ITD Internet site.

"Transforming Transportation" includes messages from board chair Chuck Winder, department director Dave Ekern, and a review of major highway construction projects. It also includes information about the department's four emphasis areas (pavement condition, bridge improvement, congestion relief and safety), information about department funding, and a resource section with information about the transportation board and ITD's six districts.

Copies of the 32-page spiral-bound publication are available from the Public Affairs office, 334-8005. Captured as a PDF (portable document format) publication on the Internet, it also is available for downloading from the Public Affairs page on the Internet.

ITD news clippings soon to be available online

The Public Affairs office plans to deliver transportation-related news to your desktop on a daily basis. Work is progressing to put news clippings about ITD and transportation in Idaho on the department’s Intranet portal page, accessible by most department computers. The conversion from photocopied pages to electronic format might be complete by the end of this month.

The change represents a leap in customer service to ITD employees. Some advantages include:

  • News items will be available daily. In the past, a collection of news stories was delivered to ITD’ public affairs office every week from a clipping service. Hundreds clipped newspaper articles then were assembled into a booklet to be photocopied and distributed. Lag time between a story’s publication date and delivery of the booklets took up to two weeks.
  • Access will be widespread. The news clippings, which often consisted of 80 pages or more, were distributed to a limited number of people and to ITD break rooms in each district. Now, anyone with access to the ITD Intranet will be able to see department news coverage.
  • Searchable archives online. A customized database will allow people to search news items by publication source, dates, highway number, and more. Archives will be available going forward from the point the service goes online.