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ITD Director Dave Ekern discusses a vision for creating an Eagle Road (Boise) corridor based on context sensitive design. Ekern spoke to participants in a workshop who are looking for ways to improve safety and efficient traffic movement on the state's busiest highway. Details of the Feb. 18-20 workshop will appear in next week's Transporter.

JFAC approves ITD budget without debate
Gov. Dirk Kempthorne’s Fiscal Year 2005 budget recommendation for the Idaho Transportation Department was unanimously endorsed by the Legislature’s Joint Appropriations and Finance Committee last week.

Transportation board to discuss use of consultants
The Idaho Transportation Board will meet in a work session at the Headquarters auditorium Wednesday to discuss the department’s use of consultants and other agenda items. A team of ITD personnel from Headquarters and the districts will join consultants to present information and participate in discussions about how and when consultants are used.

Cascade man recovering after car was hit by debris slide
George Patton detected something unusual in his peripheral vision as he was driving on Idaho 55 between Cascade and Boise. It didn’t register, however, until a log glanced off the hood of his car, shattered the windshield and then continued rolling downhill until it came to rest in the Payette River.

Campaign launched to 'boost' child safety
Give your child’s safety a boost.” These watchwords are at the heart of an ITD Office of Highway Safety campaign launched this month. The awareness campaign urges parents and caregivers to use the right safety seats for children, and about the need for booster seats.
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Boise to be site for young engineers regional competition
Development of the Treasure Valley – its transportation systems, power grids, commercial and residential areas – for the next 145 years will be left to the imagination of teen-agers, beginning next year.

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