strand 12 trucks, forces closure of U.S. 12
A series of four avalanches that began Thursday evening
forced closure of the U.S. 12 east of Lowell and left
a dozen semi-trucks/trailers stranded.One of three
subsequent avalanches pushed a loaded lumber truck
into the Lochsa River. It was not occupied and remains
in the river.
Jason Brinkman chosen to lead GARVEE Program
Jason Brinkman, who has served recently as acting manager
of Idaho's GARVEE Program, was named to the position
on a permanent basis this week. He replaces Nestor Fernandez.
In making the announcement, Deputy Director Scott Stokes
asked ITD employees to give Brinkman and the GARVEE
program their continued support.
standards announced for child safety seats
best child safety seat may not offer much protection
if not properly installed. U.S. Transportation Secretary
Mary E. Peters announced this week a new five-star government
rating system that ranks child safety seats on how easy
they are to install and use. Seven out of 10 child safety
seats are either the wrong size for the child or seriously
misused, according to National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) data.
Save the planet, one-half inch at a time
ITD employees can begin saving the planet an inch –
or more precisely, one-half inch – at a time,
according to a suggestion that was relayed from the
Division of Planning and Programming. Administrator
Matt Moore recently received a tip that can save paper,
and when compounded throughout the department could
result in cost savings.
Design for what you need, not what you want
A few months ago, ITD started a new initiative called
Practical Design, which can be defined as simply designing
what is actually needed for a project rather than
over designing it. An example is our designing a 65
mph road for only that speed, not for a higher speed.
conference planned Saturday
a career in engineering? Know of someone else with the
aptitude and interest? Opportunities available in the
engineering field will be explored Saturday from 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. during the fourth annual Boise State University
Schmidt passed away Jan. 17
Hank Schmidt, a 26-year ITD employee in District 2,
recently passed way at St. Joseph Medical Center in
Lewiston.His career with ITD included positions in the
welding shop and bridge and building shop as a utility
craftsman. His obituary appeared in the Jan. 17 issue
of the Lewiston Tribune.
affirms support of Yellowstone-Teton project
bids farewell to retiring board member Jack Combo
coaching Babe Ruth and American Legion baseball, to
debating highway construction projects and arguing
before the Idaho Supreme Court, Jack Combo has enjoyed
the respect of his peers. Last week he was genuinely
humbled while enduring the accolades of fellow transportation
board members and an auditorium filled with ITD employees
who assembled on the advent of his board retirement.
The Idaho Transportation Board received a report on
the status of a project to develop a public transportation
plan for the Yellowstone-Teton National Parks Corridor.
The update was presented at the board’s Jan. 17
meeting at Headquarters in Boise. ITD is part of a three-state
coalition that formed a partnership with the National
Park Service to develop a public transportation plan
for the corridor.
Modernization project to begin working on new software
Division of Motor Vehicles will take the next major
step in its modernization process Thursday when it begins
a $2.8 million, one-year software upgrade. The introduction
of a new software solution from Saber Corp. will stabilize
county computing systems, making them more efficient
and improving security.