Former ITD employee Lance Holmstrom, who has more than 17 years of experience in transportation planning, was named the new administrator of the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council (LHTAC).
He replaces Joe Haynes who retired earlier this month after 13 years with the organization.
Holmstrom was a senior transportation planner at ITD from 1996 to 2005 when he accepted his deputy administrator position at LHTAC. He was responsible for transportation planning and programming in eastern Idaho’s District 6. In that capacity he chaired the team that developed the corridor planning concept, administered the first Idaho Transportation Board-adopted corridor plan in Idaho and was the first (and only planner) to complete corridor plans on all major state highways.
At ITD, he implemented and administered an effective team-oriented process for annually programming $40 million in district maintenance and operations funds and established a public involvement effort to improve relationships and initiated and administered pilot projects to develop a district-wide GIS program.
LHTAC assists city and county highway districts and similar agencies in developing and managing streets, roads and highways off the state system. Council directives include programming and budget tracking of $35 million in federal aid, managing all transportation planning projects and making presentations to statewide associations, the Legislature and local highway jurisdictions.
A council of nine elected officials is responsible for LHTAC policy and reviewing its activities. Three of the council members represent city government, three are from highway districts in Idaho and three others are county commissioners. No two council members may represent the same governmental jurisdiction.
Three ex-officio members also participate on the council – the executive directors of the associations of cities, counties and highway districts.
LHTAC is not a state agency but reports directly to the Idaho Legislature.
As deputy administer, Holmstrom helped gain approval of the Local Highway Inventory program cooperative agreement, resolution of the ITD/FHWA internal review, development of process improvements for federal-aid policies, financial controls and project tracking.
He also provided technical analyses to promote increased revenue for local highway jurisdictions.