April 1, 2011
Deputy Director Scott Stokes emphasized the life-giving results when Idaho drivers choose to say "Yes" to organ donation by indicating their preference on their driver's license. A formal event in Boise kicked off Idaho's public awareness campaign Thursday.
Report compliments ITD's aggressive response, progress
ITD responded swiftly and aggressively to address recommendations of a 2009 performance audit requested by the Idaho Legislature, according to an Office of Performance Evaluation progress report issued Monday (March 28). A two-year summary of progress shows the department has met most of the actions identified and is making steady progress on the remaining items.
Two-day conference to feature Mary Peters, awards banquet
Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters will be among the speakers featured at the 2011 Project Development Conference, April 26, 27, at the Boise Centre on the Grove in Boise. This year’s focus is on “Smooth & Safe: Balancing the green, black & white.” Sponsored by ITD every two years, the conference includes a full day of general sessions on Tuesday, April 26, the Excellence in Transportation Awards Banquet. and approximately 24 breakout sessions the following day.
Sit-down interview with D-5 Engineer Ed Bala
Idaho State Journal
Ed Bala is the district engineer with the Idaho Transportation Department for District 5, which covers an area from Utah to Idaho Falls, east to Wyoming and west to Raft River.
Q. How long have you lived in Pocatello and what brought you here?
A. Thirteen years now. I got a promotion for my job. I had been working for ITD in the Rigby office before that.
ITD employees help Wounded Warrior education program
Jeff Bacon, a retired Naval Officer with 26 years of military service, wanted to clear the path for severely injured veterans to transition into productive careers. One of the best vehicles is higher education, he concluded. Thus began the Wyakin Warrior Foundation, a product of passion and compassion.
Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman to speak Monday
The Wyakin Warrior Foundation will sponsor a public address by Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Monday (April 4) in Boise. Admiral Mullen will discuss national security issues and the importance of supporting returning veterans. The public is invited and encouraged to ask questions.
HQ, D-3 workshops to help retirement planning
Jason Daum, the new Nationwide Retirement Solutions Representative for Headquarters and District 3, will be at both locations next week to explain what the Nationwide Retirement Solutions Deferred Compensation Program is all about and how it ties in with PERSI. Sessions are planned Wednesday at Headquarters and Thursday at the District 3 office.
COMPASS creates planning tools
The Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS) released new tools to help rural communities facilitate and promote transportation alternatives. “All Dressed Up and No Way to Get There” is a tool kit of resources designed for agencies with limited funding and staff time. The items in the tool kit are easy to use, predominantly low-tech, and free or inexpensive to implement.
Published March 25, 2011
Slick idea helps D-3 stay cleaner
District 3 is a powerful force, overseeing more than 2,550 state highway miles and a yearly maintenance budget of nearly $6.4 million. So when environmental concerns threatened to slow section activities to a crawl 14 years ago, some eggs over easy oiled the wheels of progress.
Vendor sought to deliver program for modernization plan
A three-year process to modernize the Division of Motor Vehicles automated systems has entered the “pre-award” phase as ITD continues working with 3M to develop a fully functional system. 3M submitted a proposal for developing the system product. As part of the pre-award phase, ITD is working with the vendor to ensure the proposed product will meet the demands. Once satisfied, ITD will be positioned to move forward with a contract award.
ITD offers new, improved version of new 'Dashboard'
After just three months of service – and national attention – ITD’s model Dashboard has evolved into a new generation. Deputy Director Scott Stokes unveiled the enhanced website for Idaho Transportation Board members when they met last week in Boise. The Transportation System Dashboard provides a simple, yet comprehensive, snapshot of ITD’s progress in nine key performance measurement areas.
NHTSA changes guidelines for child restraints
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has revised its child restraint guidelines to be categorized by age rather than by type of child seat in order to keep pace with the latest scientific and medical research and the development of new child restraint technologies.