July 31, 2009
Board proceeds with filling director's position
The Idaho Transportation Board is proceeding with filling the director’s position.
A recruiting announcement is being released this week.
The Board is looking for qualified candidates within ITD, Idaho, and the intermountain west.
It would like to name a new director before the end of September; however if necessary, that time frame will be extended to ensure hiring the right candidate.
Board Chairman Darrell Manning commended staff for its efforts to continue the department’s mission during this period.
“The Board believes the transition will have minimal disruption on the department and its dedicated employees’ efforts to meet the challenges of the Strategic Plan and Governor’s Executive Order,” Manning said. “We do not contemplate further changes at this time.”
Transportation Task Force
Gov. Otter to speak at initial meeting Thursday
Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter will deliver opening remarks, setting the agenda for the first meeting of his Task Force on Modernizing Transportation Funding in Idaho at 9 a.m. on Thursday (Aug. 6,) inthe Joe R. Williams Building in Boise. The governor’s task force will examine and recommend traditional and non-traditional ways Idaho can fund the maintenance and preservation of highways and bridges now and in the future.
Wednesday ceremony to launch I-84/Vista Interchange project
Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter will lead a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday (Aug. 5) at 10 a.m., to start construction of a new Interstate 84 Vista Interchange. This is one of eight stimulus projects throughout the state designed to create jobs, stimulate economic activity, improve motorist safety and reduce congestion. Central Paving Inc. of Boise is the contractor on the project. Construction is expected to be complete by September 2010.
Board directs stimulus savings to U.S. 95 project
A two-lane, two-mile bottleneck on U.S. 95 north of Hayden will be expanded using $15.8 million in federal stimulus savings. The project will widen a two-lane section of U.S. 95, between Wyoming Avenue and the Idaho 53 junction to connect with four-lane segments on both sides. Widening the small segment of highway will create four continuous lanes from Coeur d'Alene to north of Garwood when construction is completed.
Midvale rest area experiencing rebirth
In 1987, the most recent version of the rest area at Midvale Hill on U.S. 95 was built between Cambridge and Weiser in Southwest Idaho. Two decades later, that rest area is being demolished and upgraded in a $1.4 million project. In addition to the existing restroom building, the caretaker facilities are being revamped.
GARVEE highlights presented to board
The Idaho Transportation Board considered a report that outlined highlights of the GARVEE (Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle) Program when it met in Coeur d’Alene July 23. In response to the focus on improving customer service, extensive efforts are under way to inform the public of the Interstate 84, Vista Interchange replacement project, GARVEE Program Manager Jason Brinkman told the board.
Caution urges when visiting social networking sites
Cyber-criminals are drawn to the wealth of personal information supplied by users of social networks
“We have seen a steady increase in the number of employees accessing social networking sites such as Facebook, Myspace and Twitter,” explains ITD Cyber Security Officer Forrest Anderson.
Visitor praises Johnson Creek airstrip as 'heavenly'
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Change provides opportunity to move forward as a team
We extend to each of you our sincere appreciation for the unwavering loyalty and dedication you have shown during the recent administrative changes. While change can present challenges, the cooperation, support and commitment to move forward together that you have demonstrated is greatly appreciated. The challenge ahead is to continue doing what we do best and to do it even better.
Gov. Otter leads ceremony to begin construction of new bridge
Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter joined business and government leaders this morning to formally launch a project that will replace one of Idaho’s most dangerous bridges, improve safety for motorists and sustain or create 400 jobs. More than 100 people participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Dover Bridge on U.S. 2.
Volunteer firefighters join highway cleanup battle
When the emergency call comes in, members of the East Side Fie Protection District respond. Their primary goal is to save lives, property and land. When there is no call, members engage in another form of saving property and land – they clean it up. Volunteer firefighters also volunteer to clean up a 26-mile stretch of Idaho 97 as part of the Idaho Transportation Department’s Adopt-A-Highway program.
Rising temperatures turn cars into lethal greenhouses
There’s little debate – cars and alcohol can be deadly combinations. Add extreme heat as a contributor to fatalities. Anytime ambient, outdoor temperatures reach the 80s, inside temperatures can rapidly rise to more than 100 degrees, proving lethal to children and pets that have been left inside with no relief.