January 8, 2010
Direct from the Director
I am excited about the opportunity to lead the Idaho Transportation Department – a department that accomplishes great things. I come to you from Michigan where I have 30 years of experience in the transportation field. I have been employed in district offices and headquarters, with experience in multiple transportation modes. Being involved in development, construction, maintenance, operations and numerous administrative functions, it is likely I have at one time or another during my career touched an area that you work in.
Governor, legislators work on solving budget shortfall
During an annual legislative preview hosted by The Associated Press, the governor and Republican leaders from the House and Senate agreed that the state’s current revenue situation for fiscal 2010 will require another budget holdback, which will be detailed in Monday’s State of the State address to the Legislature. Legislative majority also agreed with the governor that the fiscal 2011 budget should be no larger than this year’s.
Gov. Otter's State of the State address is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday (Jan. 11) as legislators convene for 2010 session. The address will be carried live on Idaho Public Television and streamed on the IPTV Web site.
GARVEE bonding request trimmed by $19 million
The Idaho Transportation Board Wednesday (Jan. 6) revised its recommendation for bonding authority next year to finance expansion of the state's highways from $45 million to $26 million because of savings in the program. The bond request is part of the GARVEE Transportation Program approved by the Idaho Legislature.
Thanks for helping drive down traffic fatalities
ITD’s commitment to safe travel on our highways is producing tangible results. Your efforts, and those of our many highway safety partners, have played a part in helping to reduce serious crashes. Even more important, you’re doing a great job in helping to save lives
Signs remind motorists of wildlife danger
Idaho's first wildlife/vehicle collision "tally signs" were installed along Idaho 21 between Lucky Peak Reservoir and Robie Creek at mileposts 10 and 21 this week to encourage motorists to slow down and attempt to avoid vehicle/wildlife collisions. The tally signs - featuring the message "Give Deer & Elk a Brake" - will be updated regularly to inform the public about the number of known vehicle-wildlife collisions
Sheep take advantage of unoccupied bridge
Bridges are versatile. They carry a variety of loads – cars, commercial trucks, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians. And sheep. Even before it has been cleared to accommodate vehicles, the new bridge over the Snake River at Weiser was pressed into service this week.
Sign vandalism brings inherent dangers
A potentially dangerous pastime is increasing along state highways the past several months with numerous highway signs being vandalized by paintballs throughout south-central Idaho. The paintball stains are not only costly to tax payers – who will pay the bill to replace thousands of dollars worth of signs in the area – but has the potential to create hazardous results
Nominations accepted for annual awards
The 2010 Excellence in Transportation Awards program is accepting applications for honors in three personnel categories and four project categories. Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. March 24. Three awards will be given in the personnel category: ITD Engineer of the Year, ITD Professional of the Year and ITD Career Achievement. Project awards include: construction, environmental stewardship, maintenance and operations, public participation and transportation planning.
Idahy / ICON
Credit union name change reflects continued evolution
It was 1952. Harry S. Truman was President of the United States. The transistor radio, polio vaccine and the “pill” were introduced. Bread cost 16 cents. And seven employees of the Idaho Department of Highways pooled their resources (a total of $35) to form a credit union primarily for employees in Idaho’s transportation sector. Idahy was born.
What does the name change mean to ITD?
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Retirement sendoff planned for Steve Parry
After 33 years of service to Idaho, deputy attorney general Steve Parry is ready to begin new pursuits. Like retirement. A retirement party in his honor is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 21, at Louie's Pizza and Italian Restaurant, 2500 E. Fairview Ave., in Meridian. Cost of the formal sendoff dinner is $12 per person. If you're able to attend, please confirm with Heidi Lewis, ext. 8816 by the end of Monday (Jan. 11). Contributions to Steve's retirement gift also are greatly appreciated. Please contact Tim Thomas in the Legal Section, ext. 8803.
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Young letter-writer challenges
eco-friendliness of electric cars
Note: The following is a guest opinion printed in the Idaho Press Tribune. Writer Tyler Kent is the 12-year-old son of Sharron Svir who works in Financial Services at Headquarters.
There is a lot of this recycling stuff going around in Idaho lately. People have been advertising how good it is to have an eco-friendly car that runs on electricity. People just think that it is good for the environment, when it really isn't.
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January 1, 2010
A look at the stories that touched transportation
Any way you look at 2009 – whether through a microscope or rose-colored glasses – the year was eventful. More accurate, it was downright the year was downright challenging. Legislative debates over transportation funding, an intense statewide budget squeeze, a governor's task force, federal stimulus funds, groundbreakings, administrative turnover, the passing of two highly revered board members ... Amid all of the challenges, ITD marked a number of major milestones. Here, in summary form, are some of the major stories that shaped 2009:
New license plate options benefit earth/science education, Freemasons
Two new specialty license plates go on sale throughout Idaho beginning Friday (Jan. 1) to promote the charitable activities of Freemasons and earth science, lapidary education. The Idaho Gem Club will use proceeds to provide classes for children in kindergarten through sixth grade to promote understanding about earth sciences and lapidary. Proceeds from the Freemason plate go to the Grand Lodge of Idaho Charitable Fund for use by the Grand Lodge of Idaho to support its charitable activities.
Nezperce throws party for reconstructed highway
A road opening ceremony was held Monday (Dec. 14) afternoon to officially recognize the work completed on the downtown revitalization project. A slide show was presented in the Nezperce Community Center, showing the highway, sidewalk, sewer and lagoon project work as it was done this past summer and fall. Special recognition was given to each organization that participated in the project and a plaque was presented to Jim Carpenter of the Idaho Transportation Department, tanking him and his crew.
Lids for Life
D-3 donates yogurt lids for cancer research
Last year, District 3 contributed nearly 536 Yoplait yogurt lids to the company’s national “save lids to save lives” campaign. In the D-3 effort this fall (the campaign ended Dec. 29), district employees contributed 644 lids to the Breast Cancer effort.