ITD presented seven Excellence in Transportation Awards Wednesday as part of the 2007 Project Development Conference in Boise.
The awards recognize achievement in the development and construction of projects related to transportation. In keeping with the conference theme Conference “Partnering for Transportation Change” all of the award recipients were part of a collaborative effort to improve transportation in Idaho.
Transportation Planning – Small Project
It provides mechanisms for looking at various funding alternatives and means of attaining improvements set out in the plan.
Transportation Planning – Large Project
Communities in Motion is the most significant and robust approach to regional transportation planning to date in Idaho. The quality of work, coordination and communication, and the final plan serves as an example for regional planning throughout Idaho and the nation.
Participation – Small Project
The public involvement process was used to develop compromises on emotionally-charged issues such as protecting wildlife.
Public Participation – Large Project
The project includes a monthly public breakfast meeting
held on the same day of the week, at the same time and same location.
The monthly breakfast meeting demonstrates a commitment to communication
with the public and provide for regular dialogue about the project.
The goal to remove a barrier that was created when the existing structure was originally constructed was established and remained the focus throughout the development and construction of the replacement structure. This project demonstrates that it is possible to serve a transportation need and be environmentally sensitive at the same time.
Design – Large Project
It exhibits creative design techniques to reduce construction costs and duration even with difficult project constraints. The design team was able to coordinate with multiple agencies and utilities to provide an excellent product that was received well by the stakeholders and the public.
Construction - Large Project
The project included performing much of the work at night
and coordination with the Union Pacific Railroad. Successful coordination
with the railroad is a significant achievement.
ITD extends its congratulations to all the award winners
for demonstrating a commitment to engineering solutions that involve
diverse partnerships and participation.