okays addition of I-90 interchange to STIP
The Idaho Transportation Board this week approved
the addition of a new interchange on Interstate
90 at Beck Road in Post Falls to the Statewide
Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). Support
for the addition came during the board’s
monthly business meeting in Boise Wednesday (Feb.
21). Approval, however, is contingent upon, pending
passage of the proposed State Tax Anticipation
Revenue legislation and a funding agreement.
can help smooth purchasing process
Although not an exact science, the purchasing
process that ITD and other Idaho agencies follow
is based on sound principles that safeguard
public funds and protect both employees and
providers. It specifies when bids and quotes
must be obtained, when contracts are necessary
and who authorizes the purchases. Perhaps the
most common mistake ITD employees make in procuring
supplies or services is doing it on their own.
awards program expands options
Twice each year, ITD recognizes employees who
have achieved individual service milestones
through the department’s Employee Service
Award Program – but it’s time for
a makeover. Beginning next fall, the program
will expand the choice and variety of items
employees may select as awards for five or more
years of servic
women engineers answer your questions
you have a question related to engineering?
Ask a woman in the field. To celebrate National
Engineers Week (Feb. 18-24) and to highlight
the role women play in engineering, the National
Academy of Engineering has launched “Ask
an Engineer.” Available through its
“EngineerGirl!” Web site, the
program provides the opportunity to e-mail
questions and receive answers from women engineers.
COMPASS to unveil long-range plan Saturday
Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho
(COMPASS) announces completion of the Communities
in Motion: Regional Long-Range Transportation Plan
2030. Anyone interested in the vision for transportation
in Southwest Idaho can pick up a copy of the plan
during an event at the Best Western Vista Inn at
2645 Airport Way in Boise on Saturday (Feb. 24).
New board member brings engineering expertise
the volumes of information Jim Coleman has received
the past two weeks, his transition to the Idaho Transportation
Board should be relatively swift. Coleman, who brings
more than 30 years of engineering experience to the
board, was appointed Jan. 31 to fill the District
1 vacancy left by the retirement of John McHugh. The
new member will join the board Tuesday and Wednesday
when it meets in Boise.
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