we accomplished a lot in 2005
As the curtain falls on 2005, we can look back with pride
on the distance we have traveled and look forward with anticipation
to the road still before us. Among the things we accomplished together
in 2005 are:
Legislative approval of the Governor’s Connecting
Idaho initiative established an agenda that ultimately will produce
a better, safer, more efficient transportation system.
Reauthorization of the federal surface transportation
bill in mid-2005 gives us a solid, stable foundation for advancing
the Connecting Idaho plan and gives us the resources to maintain and
grow the present system.
We made significant strides in addressing the long-term
financial needs of the transportation system by engaging leaders throughout
the state in dialogue through the Forum on Transportation Investment.
A separate but parallel effort, the Air Transportation
Investment Forum, seeks alternatives to address the unmet demand on
Idaho’s airports and aviation infrastructure.
We initiated a new travel information system, 511,
that makes real-time highway and weather condition reports available
on the Web and via telephone. That information will better prepare
motorists for safe winter travel and next year will advise them on
highway construction activities.
In collaboration with local and state leaders, we
joined the governor in making highway safety and the elimination of
traffic fatalities our highest priority. The Governor’s Highway
Safety Summit: Toward Zero Deaths will establish a plan for life.
The transportation department joined other state
agencies in recognizing the financial needs of our employees and requesting
resources to fairly compensate you for all that you do.
We have implemented a number of initiatives to make
ITD more efficient and responsive.
These are your accomplishments, and you have every right
to be proud of them. During this holiday season, when the emphasis is
on giving, it is appropriate to recognize all the professional contributions
you make to the transportation department and the citizens of Idaho.
You have given tirelessly and generously.
On behalf of the Idaho Transportation Board and the ITD
executive team, may you have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy the transition
to a new year filled with great promise and potential.