November 19, 2010

Preparing for winter's wrath

Check highway, weather conditions before travel
ITD encourages drivers to take advantage of the 511 Traveler Services system as they plan holiday and winter trips. Idaho’s robust 511 system helps motorists make wise and safe travel decisions by giving them access to an array of condition reports before they leave home. Motorists can view highway conditions on more than 80 cameras strategically located throughout the state, check the latest road and weather conditions and quickly determine which routes offer driving challenges.

511 system improved to better serve motorists
Idaho travelers have new tools at their disposal as part of the Idaho Transportation Department’s commitment to continued improvement and evolution of the 511 Traveler Services system. The latest winter driving information is available on the Web at or by telephone at 5-1-1. An array of weather information, collected by ITD’s Road, Weather Information System was added to the high-bandwidth and mobile (3G) sites last spring. It was added to the new low-bandwidth site unveiled in late October.


New features added to low-bandwidth site
ITD introduced improvements to the popular 511 Traveler Services website for low-bandwidth users this fall. Some of the new features were adapted from the more robust high-bandwidth site without sacrificing connection speed, which remains a major consideration for most users in Idaho.


Idaho pioneers exchange of trauma information
Drivers and passengers may never see one of the newest features added to Idaho’s 511 Traveler Services system. But if they’re involved in a severe crash, the program could mean the difference between life and death. Idaho’s 511 system is based on a coalition-driven, multi-state Condition Acquisition Reporting System (CARS), coordinated by Castle Rock Consultants.

511 site added for users of public transit
Idaho’s 511 Traveler Services website is among the few systems in the U.S. to incorporate a public transportation option for locating and tracking transit providers. The transit option was added early this year to provide links to local transit and bus providers using Google map technology that mirrors the other Idaho 511 web pages.

Tools, tips to ensure safe winter travel

Use caution when driving near snowplows

As winter weather rapidly approaches, ITD reminds motorists to use caution when traveling the state's highways during inclement weather and to cooperate with highway workers clearing the highways. 

Carry these safety items in your car
Motorists can prepare for safer winter travel by keeping a simple emergency kit on hand. ITD advises drivers to carry some helpful items in the car in case of an emergency...

Prepare before hitting the road
As Idaho motorists take to the roads this winter, ITD reminds them that a few extra precautions can make winter journeys safer.


Highway safety
Enforcement campaign begins

Thanksgiving is a festive time for many that brings families and friends together, but it can quickly turn into a nightmare when loved ones choose to drive impaired. Using federal grant funds, ITD is partnering with Idaho law enforcement agencies to make state highways safer by funding education campaigns and high-visibility impaired driving enforcement patrols beginning Saturday (Nov. 20 ) and continuing through Nov. 30.


Headquarters employees honored for service milestones
Idaho's diverse transportation system requires a diverse group of individuals who bring their energy, talents and experience to work every day. For the most part, they do their jobs without a lot of fanfare or recognition. Except when they reach a major milestone in their careers.


How to avoid personnel court dates

By Steve Bruce, HR Daily Adviser

If you think you have done everything according to policy when disciplining or recommending termination of an employee, will it stand up in court? The Hon. Denny Chin, former U.S. District Court Judge and now court of appeals judge, offered the following suggestions during remarks at a Labor and Employment Law Seminar.


Published November 12, 2010

ITD receives two of AASHTO's highest awards

ITD staff will summarize the department’s procedures for clearing traffic crash sites and efforts to keep traffic moving following a crash to Idaho Transportation Board members in Boise next week. The board will conduct its November meeting Wednesday and Thursday in the Headquarters auditorium. The crash clearance report will emphasize the partnerships ITD has established to minimize traffic delays.

HRS manager Harker among 'Women Making History'
Mary Harker, manager of ITD’s Human Resource Services, will find herself among elite company next year when she receives a 2011 Women Making History distinction. She will be honored by the Boise State University’s Women’s Center during special ceremony in March. As part of the recognition, the Women’s Center will publish the 11th annual insert in the Idaho Statesman, “knowing that women’s achievements are often overlooked or left out of the history books altogether.”

Public radio looks below surface of highway digs
SANDPOINT - The Northwest is filled with towns that have their own storied histories. Sandpoint is a fashionable resort village in scenic north Idaho. But it used to be a rougher place, built around the timber and railroad industries. Today, researchers are piecing together much of that history after an unusually large archaeological dig. Correspondent Doug Nadvornick reports the dig was prompted by a highway construction project.