June 11, 2010
High water and floating debris kept District 3 crews busy last week. They cleared a logjam on the Payette River at Horseshoe Bend (above) and fought a similar problem on the east fork of the Weiser River about 10 miles north of Council on U.S. 95. (See additional photos.)
Tuesday workshop to focus on 2012 budget
The Idaho Transportation Board will begin a three-day meeting in Boise next week with a workshop that focuses on the department’s budget and Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The workshop will be Tuesday at the District 3 office on Chinden Boulevard. The monthly business meeting, open to the public, will follow on Wednesday. A tour of Idaho 55 and the Banks-Lowman area is scheduled for Thursday.
ETS to begin rollout of new Sharepoint-based Intranet portal
Relatively unchanged in the last half-decade, ITD’s Intranet site will assume a new identity with introduction of a site built on Microsoft’s Sharepoint technology. Enterprise Technology Services began laying the foundation for the new site nearly three years with the introduction of MOSS (Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server) as part of the Office 2007 suite.
What's in your teenager's energy drink?
The cans are big, colorful and sport names like Joose, Sparks, Max and Four Loko. Each container also may contain an alcohol wallop equivalent to four or five beers, plus an eye-opening measure of caffeine. It’s a combination that appeals to many of today’s young drinkers, said Boise Police officer Jermaine Galloway.
Public meetings scheduled for over-legal transports
Public meetings will be held June 28 and June 29 to provide information and take comment on proposed plans by Imperial Oil to truck up to 200 large pieces of equipment on U.S. 12. The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and Imperial Oil will jointly host the meetings on Monday, June 28, in Lewiston and on Tuesday, June 29, in Kooskia.
New bidding concept could produce savings
ITD will embark this summer on an experimental way of awarding highway contracts – a method that has the potential to save the Idaho taxpayers and the department money and time while making the bidding process more efficient.
Jensen emerges king of the D-1 Roadeo
The weather gods finally smiled on District One by providing a beautiful, sunny day for this year’s Truck Roadeo. Hosted by the Bonners Ferry Maintenance crew, the roadeo tested the knowledge and sills of 36 contestants during the day’s events. Nearly 70 people participated in this year's events, including some great cooks who provided one of District One’s legendary lunches.
New wildlife underpass to promote safety
Commuters and outdoor recreationists aren't the only ones who traverse Idaho 21 along what is known as the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Route. Each year, large numbers of deer and elk travel in the corridor and are killed as they attempt to cross the highway. ITD and a multi-agency partnership will build an underpass near milepost 18 this summer.
ITD helps to secure funds for UI summer institute
ITD’s commitment to ensuring a future pool of knowledgeable and diverse workers got a significant boost recently from the Federal Highway Administration. The FHWA awarded ITD $58,179 to support the Junior Engineering Math and Science (JEMS) Summer Transportation Institute at the University of Idaho in Moscow. This is the second consecutive year that ITD’s Human Resources Office was able to secure FHWA funding for the summer institute.
In disasters, take care of family first
Rapidly rising floodwater is lapping at your doorstep. Gusting winds toppled a tree and cut electricity to your house. The road to town has become impassable, leaving you stranded. A new strain of influenza leaves you quarantined at home. A tanker truck or rail car leaks toxic gasses… Disaster happens.
Credit union seeks support in changing finance bill
A bill under consideration by Congress will have significant impacts on financial institutions and their customers, according to representatives ICON Credit Union. Credit union officials encourage ICON members to learn about the potential effects of the bill and to contact Congressional delegates with their concerns. The deadline for submitting comments is June 30.
• Thanks for improving handicap access
June 4, 2010
If you can read this sign...
Motorists were subject to an impromptu test this week as a newly installed variable message sign on Interstate 86 in Pocatello went through its initial check. Although the test results are not official, the sign near milepost 62 reportedly received a "passing" grade.
Take a virtual tour of a SPUI
The Interstate 84/Vista Interchange will not be completed until the fall, yet you can drive through the “Single Point Urban Interchange” now. Drivers can get a realistic sense of navigating the interchange without actually getting into a car by way of animation that simulates the driving experience. In the latest video produced for the kiosk at the Boise Airport, POWER Engineers designed the computer simulation to help prepare the motorists for the new configuration and the lone traffic signal that will control all movements from the center of the interchange. While not unique around the country, the SPUI is new to Idaho. Kick its tires and then take it for a test drive right here...
Take a test drive
Students view Idaho's past through highway artifacts
ITD State Highway Archaeologist Marc Münch has a pile of arrowheads and other ancient stone tools collected from sites cleared for road construction throughout Idaho. Recently, Münch, along with Idaho Power Co. staff archaeologist Tyrone Corn, explained Native American artifacts to approximately 3,000 fourth-grade at the 2010 Meridian School District Rendezvous.
Fernandez takes engineering opportunities to the classroom
A commitment to better engineering education is beginning to show dividends for Nestor Fernandez, ITD roadway design engineer. During the past year, Fernandez joined the Nampa School District’s Professional Technical Education Advisory Board and assisted with its pre-engineering curriculum. He also helped with Hispanic outreach efforts for Boise State University’s College of Engineering.
Director gets 'taste' of District 1
ITD Director Brian Ness experienced the flavor – and hospitality – of District 1 during a trip to the Coeur d’Alene area last week. He visited with ITD employees, area legislators and city officials May 25-27. He also learned firsthand the talents of D-1 cooks.
Computer users to see new log-on dialogue box
Jon Pope, Enterprise Technology Services
I want to make you aware of a minor change that the executive management team asked to have implemented. Beginning June 14, after users enter their username and password to access an ITD computer, they will be presented with a very simple dialog box containing a policy awareness statement the executive management team has approved.
I-way introduces new website
Idaho’s mobility movement has a new online home – www.i-way.org . I-way.org is designed as an online resource for both mobility partners and stakeholders as well as others interested in learning about what options exist in Idaho today and how they can get involved in their local efforts.
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