July 2, 2010

As we celebrate the priceless gift of independence, please remain safe and use good judgment on our highways. Always use your seat belts and drive without being impaired or distracted. Arrive alive.

Highway construction to take holiday break
Work will be suspended on all ITD highway construction projects statewide for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, except in special circumstances. In most cases, work will resume Tuesday (July 6). ITD requires contractors on highway construction projects to suspend work on any roadway open to the traveling public during the holiday, except for normal maintenance operations. That includes any day of a three-day holiday weekend or July 3-5, unless otherwise permitted.

Public shares concerns about U.S. 12 transport proposal
Three public meetings in north-central Idaho this week drew near capacity crowds as residents and concerned citizens commented on a proposal to move oversized loads on U.S. 12. Imperial Oil and its parent company Exxon-Mobil propose moving 207 loads from the Port of Lewiston to the Kearl oil sands extraction site in Alberta, Canada.


Gift of a lifetime

Program urges donations of organs, tissue
ITD promotes the Donate Life organ donation message through options available on drivers license applications.. Saving lives is key to ITD's mission on the highways. Saving lives elsewhere just makes sense. With ITD's headquarters as the backdrop on Monday afternoon (June 28), the story of Mike Greiner and his quest unfolds:...


Vista, airport kiosk claims national award
ITD, Connecting Idaho Partners and the GARVEE office won a highway safety award in early June at the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation’s (ARTBA-TDF) 12th annual “Roadway Work Zone Safety Awareness Awards” event. The award was announced during the 2010 International Bridge Conference in Pittsburgh.

Summer fun can bring health risks
From Ada City-County Emergency Management
It may be hard to think about summer heat with the below normal temperatures that have been experienced so far this year, but it looks like higher temperatures are right around the corner. The effects of summer heat vary from person to person. It is important to know your limitations and be aware of the people around you.


Wind causes damage at Council sand shed
A summer storm that chased high temperatures in southern Idaho this week also brought high winds – and some damage. Winds also damaged an ITD maintenance facility in Council, where supporting framework for a vinyl/canvas covered sand shed was damaged. Trees also were uprooted in the Cascade-McCall area.


June 25, 2010

Teens get a taste of the wild blue yonder
The skies in south-central Idaho were a little more crowded than usual Wednesday. And the short-term pilots a little less experienced. Sixteen youths from throughout Idaho concluded a three-day Aviation Career Exploration (ACE) academy in Boise by flying with volunteer pilots in donated aircraft to several local landing strips. The culminating experience, which wrapped up in Nampa, was the highlight of a camp that introduced teens to the world of flying.

Girls State
Girls State delegate walks in father's shoes
When asked which governmental agency she would like to spend the day with as part of the American Legion Auxiliary Syringa Girls State leadership program, Brooke Roney didn’t hesitate. Her dad, Clint Roney, is a transportation technician senior in District 1. That made Brooke’s choice of the Idaho Transportation Department simple.


Highway safety
ITD's Goertz commended for work on Alive at 25
Efforts to bring the successful “Alive at 25” defensive driving course to communities across Idaho earned praise for ITD’s Margaret Goertz in a letter sent recently to Mary Hunter, ITD highway safety manager. Colorado State Patrol Trooper Joy Grissom, national training director for Alive at 25 National Law Enforcement Curriculum, cited Goertz’s “great passion for positively impacting her community and state by providing educational facets to the Idaho Transportation Department’s programs.”