ITD staff will introduce a draft Environmental Stewardship Policy to the transportation board when it meets at Headquarters Wednesday and Thursday (Oct. 12, 13) in Boise. Staff members have been developing the draft policy and preparing a Context Sensitive Solutions guide to aid the department in institutionalizing the policy.
The presentation – for background and informational purposes – is scheduled for Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the Auditorium. Formal action on the draft policy will be requested at the November board meeting.
Context Sensitive Solutions is a relatively new approach to transportation planning that recognizes the wide-ranging societal impacts of transportation. The emerging national consensus definition of Context Sensitive Solutions is:
“…a collaborative interdisciplinary approach that involves all stakeholders to develop a transportation facility that fits its physical setting, and preserves scenic, aesthetic, historic, and environmental resources, while maintaining safety and mobility.”
Also on the board agenda
Last year, there were 696 reported crashes in which one or more of the drivers ran a red light. Those crashes resulted in four fatalities and 488 injuries.
The city of Boise reported the most crashes related to running red lights, 251. The state’s capital also includes 360 of the state’s signalized intersections. Three of the top five intersections where red-light running is reported are in Boise; the other two in the top five are in Pocatello and Coeur d’Alene:
Johnson will elaborate on measures being taken to address the complex problem. He also will provide comments from agencies and organizations on Idaho’s red-light running situation.
Annual report on speed zone changes by municipalities
Statewide, 29 cities have imposed speed limit changes at 51 locations that have gone against ITD recommendations. Overall, motorists tend to disobey city-imposed speed reductions. Data indicates better conformance to speed limits that are established by standard engineering practices.
Appointment of District 3 Public Transportation
Advisory Council member
ITD staff solicited applications for the District 3 position after Gen. James Brooks decided against seeking another appointment. The council will recommend appointment of Kathleen Simko to succeed Brooks on the PTAC.
Simko is president of Ida-Ore Planning and Development Association, Inc., operating as Sage Community Resources.
Sage is a non-profit council of government providing regional strategic planning assistance as well as grant-writing and grant administration functions for its members. The organization represents the same 10 southwestern counties as ITD’s District 3.