Return to glory
Rainbow Bridge renovation completed
project that spanned two construction seasons to restore
historic Rainbow Bridge to its more celebrated appearance
was completed this week, removing traffic restrictions
in one of Idaho 55's most scenic areas.Work began in
2006 on the arch piers, floor beams, deck joints and
columns. Construction crews replaced the bridge rails
this spring and summer.
of district tours to conclude in Pocatello
Idaho Transportation Board will conclude its 2007 district
tours in southeast Idaho next week, visiting projects
in District 5 on Wednesday and conducting a regular business
meeting in Pocatello on Thursday.
Young receives national aviation service award
State Airport Manager Mark Young received the 2007 Distinguished
Service Award from the National Association of State Aviation
Officials (NASAO) during the organization’s annual
banquet Tuesday in Portland. Young has managed the development,
safety and maintenance of Idaho's 30 backcountry airfields
the past 13 years.
Tolman begins new challenges as division administrator
Dave Tolman accepted the call to become ITD’s new
administrator of the Division of Administration Aug. 23,
it was the beginning of a smooth transition. All he had
to do was move his desk, since he had been performing
the duties on an interim basis the previous two months.He
brought valuable experience, in both finance and budgeting,
when he came to the transportation department in October
project planned on I-84 in east Boise
ITD is giving a busy stretch of Interstate
84 a much-needed facelift with a rebuilding project that
began this weekend (Sept. 15, 16). The I-84 East construction
project includes several improvements between the Wye
Interchange and Eisenman Road.
Fran Hood named state construction engineer
of the professional milestones in Fran Hood's 10-year
ITD career coincidentally have come in April. But April
2007 came and went without another major professional
step. That followed early this month when Greg Laragan,
Assistant Chief Engineer-Operations, introduced Hood
as the new state construction engineer.
6, 5 provide visibility at Eastern Idaho State Fair
who attended the recent Eastern Idaho State Fair in
Blackfoot found a veritable gold mine of information
at a clapboard-style booth jointly staffed by the employees
of ITD’s districts 5 and 6. Thirty-two employees,
including District 5 Engineer Ed Bala, covered six-hour
shifts in the booth, working from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
or from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
workshop set Sept. 27; donations still needed
support staff from throughout Idaho will assemble Sept.
27 for the 20th annual professional development workshop
at the Nazareth Center in Boise. This year’s theme,
Spread Your Wings, appropriately focuses on career advancement
and networking, according to members of the organizing
committee. The day-long event includes team-building activities,
formal presentations, door prizes and a luncheon.
to continue e-mail job notification process
HRS implemented an all-employee e-mail that is generated
each time a job announcement is opened. We assured you
that we would continue to streamline and improve the process
as needed. Our continued intent is to help employees find
job opportunities that are aligned with their career path
as well as involve them in forwarding job information
to friends and family.
— a chronology of responses
we go through life, we experience loss - both the predictable
losses that accompany developmental changes, such as going
off to school or separating from parents, and the unanticipated
losses such as divorce, illness or death. Occasionally,
we are confronted with publicized tragedies that touch
us deeply as well.
continue to burn more than 850,000 acres
activity report from the National Interagency Fire Center,
as of Friday, Sept. 7...
Donation will save money, beautify city
assists in battle to control wildfire near Idaho 55
was an odd image that was carried on Treasure Valley television
stations this week – an ITD snowplow pressed into
service as a pilot car, leading motorists through a smoke-enveloped
segment of Idaho 55 north of Eagle. A Labor Day weekend
fire erupted near Banks, about 32 miles north of Boise,
briefly threatening the ITD Banks maintenance facility
and forcing intermittent closures.
helps keep traffic flowing during race
the impact that a cavalcade of 1,000 bike racers and a
like number of support vehicles can have on highways and
small communities during a period of four hours. Logistics
require the precision of a surgeon. Dan Harelson is no
doctor, but he’s proven to be pretty good at operations
the past five years as he worked with organizers of the
annual Logan, Utah, to Jackson, Wyo., (LOTOJA) bike race
and communities impacted by the ride.