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National Engineering Week is Feb. 22-28

Engineers: Putting concepts into work at ITD
The lives of virtually every man, woman and child in America are shaped to some extent by an engineer. From the products we use, the buildings where we work, the systems we use to communicate, and the roads we travel, engineering is the common denominator. “Engineering is a profession that affects just about every human being, from public health and safety to mobility,” said ITD’s Chief Engineer Jim Ross.


ITD's Steve Loop named president-elect of engineers' society
Stephen Loop, lab research engineer in ITD’s Materials Section, was installed as president-elect of the Idaho Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE) at its state convention last week. He is currently serving on the state board as the chapter director for the Southwest Chapter and will assume his new position on July 1.

New technology brightens lights at rail crossings
Rail crossings in the Treasure Valley have become much brighter, thanks to a little help from ITD. The Idaho Northern & Pacific railroad, which stretches from Boise to Nampa/Caldwell and north to Horseshoe Bend, is the first complete system in the United States to install LED (light emitting diode) lights at all of its crossings.

Moscow transit partnership a model of success
A partnership to provide bus service in north-central Idaho is being hailed a success story by public transportation officials. Launched in late January, Moscow’s first scheduled, fixed-route public transportation service is the product of a partnership between Valley Transit (based in Lewiston), the University of Idaho (UI) and the city of Moscow.

ITD mourns loss of Jim Witherell
Jim Witherell, a longtime research analyst in ITD's Budget, Policy and Intergovernmental Policy section, passed away Sunday following an extended illness. He was 58. Jim worked for the state of Idaho since 1970 and joined the transportation department in February 1991.
CEC committee recommends percent increase
A panel voted Thursday (Feb. 5) to give state employees $5 million more than Gov. Dirk Kempthorne recommended – but there´s a hitch: The state would have to collect at least $5 million more in taxes than expected. And, the additional money would be a one-time infusion of cash into state workers´ pay.

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Fast Lane



Senate passes bill; road ahead filled with potholes

Amendment would boost preservation funds

Young asks president to reverse SAFETEA stand


Engineers share limelight Feb. 22-28

Senate wants states to take lead in seat belt laws

Utilities claim de-icer causes power outages

Rollover tests produce no 5-star winners

Mineta helps introduce airport safety equipment

Budget committee


Quakes would win battle with Portland bridges

Storms cost Oregon $3.8 million in snow removal

Seat belts may be required on school buses

Oregon State hosts transportation conference


Crane used to remove truck, trailer from canyon

Blaine County wants to keep wildlife, drivers safer

Progress on Idaho 75 congestion may be slow