The Idaho Transportation Board approved the designation of
two additional routes as scenic byways, based on recommendations
of the Scenic Byways Advisory Committee and respective district
The Wild Horse Trail Scenic Byway in northern Idaho will
become part of the International Selkirk Loop. In the letter
of support from District 1, Transportation Planner Sean Hoisington
wrote, "As we continue developing transportation solutions
through partnership with the communities in North Idaho, we
have become increasingly aware of the positive benefits a
project like this can generate and the enriching effects it
will have on our communities."
The Salmon Valley Chamber of Commerce was the driving force
behind designation of the Sacajawea Historic Byway because
of the routes intrinsic scenic, cultural, recreational
and historic values. The byway begins on Idaho 28 in Salmon
and continues east on Idaho 33 to I-15.
Aeronautics Annual Report
Aeronautics Advisory Board Chairman Rodger Sorensen provided
an overview of the Division of Aeronautics activities
during the past year. He highlighted airport maintenance projects,
including the replacement of several cars in the courtesy
To promote safety and education, the division coordinated
numerous clinics, the Aviation Career Education Academy and
annual aviation festival. The latter continue to be popular
and successful activities.
Sorensen also expressed concern with the increased number
of aircraft accidents and fatalities during the past year.
Aeronautics Administrator Bob Martin outlined current and
future goals and talked about aviation issues outside the
division. He reported that commercial airline service appears
to be recovering from the drastic downturn following the attacks
of Sept. 11, 2001. He also reported on air cargo and business
aviation and emphasized the important role aviation plays
in Idahos economy.
Winter road report
A special report to the board explained operation of the winter
road report during the holidays and the challenge of keeping
pace with frequent and widespread highway closures. Public
Affairs Manager Jeff Stratten said the telephone-based system
was inundated by calls late last month and early this month
because of the severe winter conditions.
A significant number of callers were unable to access the
recorded road information. Stratten discussed operation of
the telephone system, the online road report and ways both
could be improved to meet the information needs of travelers.
Board members responded with personal anecdotes and emphasized:
Board members suggested that more variable message signs
be used to inform motorists of road closures. They expressed
support for improving the road report system and reaffirmed
the importance of the road report to the traveling public.
ISP/State Communications Center tour
The board concluded its January meeting with a visit the Idaho
State Police facilities and the State Communications Center
Staff at the center provided an overview of its roles and
responsibilities. It emphasized the strong partnership it
enjoys with ITD on issues such as the road report and hazardous
The board also discussed a number of issues with ISP officers,
such as motorists use of cell phones, the differential
speed limit and the quick clearance of accident sites so traffic
can resume a normal pace following an accident.
ISP representatives commended the transportation department
for its Incident Response Program and the 3E (engineering,
education, and enforcement) Program. ISP encouraged the board
to continue and/or expand those programs.