authorizes signing of Connecting Idaho
The Idaho Transportation Board today
authorized a contract to manage the first phase of the
$1.2 billion Connecting Idaho highway improvement program.
The partnership of Washington Group International/CH2M
HILL will manage the engineering, design, construction
and inspection of six highway corridors across the state
during the next three years with the transportation
Investment Program adds structure, efficiency
plans to invest more than $13 million in technology
projects during fiscal year 2007. That’s not a
significant a departure from the past, but how those
funds are allocated is being determined much differently
– and more efficiently. Introduction of the Technology
Investment Program (formerly the Technology Improvement
Program) last year, brings a more formal, structured
approach to the decision-making process and enables
the department to better plan its technology budget.
to hear about crash report, railroad program
Continuing its series of meetings at district sites statewide,
the Idaho Transportation Board’s traveled this week
to Coeur d’Alene for a highway tour and business
meeting. The two-day meeting began Thursday with a breakfast
meeting with the Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization.
officers learn of new laser technology
Officers from five law enforcement agencies gathered this
week for a demonstration of the next generation of laser
radar units. The demonstration was arranged by ITD’s
Office of Highway Operations and Safety. The new radar
units contain computer chips that can help officers identify
not only how fast a specific car is traveling, but also
the precise distance between cars.
Summer sun can turn cars into ovens
climbing faster than gas prices throughout most of Idaho,
bringing an extreme threat to children and pets left
– even briefly – inside parked or idling
cars. For all of their safety features designed to protect
occupants, cars can become death traps for confined
children and animals.
ITD employees share photos of well-used trucks
ITD employees drive modern vehicles with clean paint
jobs and unruffled fenders. An invitation in the July
14 Transporter for employees to send photos of their
ugly trucks generated three responses. Two of the submissions
truly are old trucks (although one appears to be fairly
panel approves funds for transportation projects
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved four of the
twelve annual appropriations bill earlier today. Included
in the bills are a number of projects important to Idaho.
Idaho Sen. Larry Craig, a member of the Committee, stressed
the importance of the projects within a balanced budget,
"As Congress struggles rein in federal spending,
we must be vigilant in ensuring Congress approves projects
appropriate for federal taxpayer support.
Winder to chart a new course
has led Chuck Winder down many paths since it became a
passion during his college days at the College of Idaho
four decades ago. The course changed again in June when
Gov. Jim Risch, completing the unexpired term of Dirk
Kempthorne, chose a new chairman for the Idaho Transportation
Board. It was an abrupt, although not completely surprising,
change for the board chairman who was first appointed
by Gov. Phil Batt in 1995.
ITD employees joined a national effort to draw attention
to their two-wheel vehicles by riding to work on Wednesday
(July 19) and parking in an impressive lineup at Headquarters
(above) and at District 1 in Coeur4 d'Alene (below).
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