February 5, 2010
Treasure Valley Incident Response Team: 100,000 customers served
At some time, most drivers have a flat tire on their vehicle, need a tow, run out of gas, have an engine overheat, or are involved in or are on the scene of a fender-bender. That's why ITD formed the Incident Response unit in 1997.
Cold weather does not stall Rock Creek Bridge work
Cold December temperatures put a quick end to road building activities on the Twin Falls Alternate Route, but only intensified efforts for the new Rock Creek Bridge and preparation for spring thaw.
Tom Haynes' picture featured in AASHTO 2010 calendar
Still in the market for a 2010 Calendar? We found one worth at least a peek. In this year’s calendar published by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officers (AASHTO), our own Tom Haynes, District 3 construction manager, Residency 4, is featured for the month of December.
Presentation exposes indoor air quality problems
Radon accounts for more than half of our total average annual exposure to radiation, which is one big reason Megan Keating was in ITD’s Headquarters Auditorium Wednesday (Feb. 3). According to the Surgeon General, millions of homes (and workplaces) are estimated to have elevated levels. And “indoor radon gas is a serious health problem in our nation.”
January 29, 2010
GARVEE innovations may be expanded
ITD staff members provided the transportation board a report on innovative practices used as part of the GARVEE Program that possibly could benefit the Division of Highways. The board met Jan. 20, 21 in Boise. The GARVEE report included federal and state process that could be streamlined and expedited.
Texting ban includes ITD employees with CDLs
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced this week an immediate federal ban on text messaging by all commercial truck drivers while behind the wheel. That ban also extends to all ITD employees operating vehicles with a commercial driver’s license, announced Cheryl Rost, manager of risk management.
ITD partners with Mexico Consulate to promote safety
ITD’s on-going efforts to reduce motor vehicle fatalities on Idaho highways got a boost recently thanks to a new partnership of the department and the Mexican Consulate in Boise. Mexican Consul Ricardo Pineda and Deputy Consul Ana Mercedes Hernandez offered ITD the use of consulate airtime on three Spanish radio stations in the Treasure Valley to help communicate the department’s commitment to safe travel and “Towards Zero Deaths” goal for Idaho highways.
ITD submits first report to governor, Legislature
ITD delivered copies of the 2009 Annual Accountability Report to Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and legislators this week. The 24-page report reviews progress the department is making to address the Office of Performance Evaluation audit and the governor’s executive order on accountability. The report includes a timeline that tracks progress on the audit and executive order, beginning early last year and projecting activity through 2012.
35 mishaps recorded this winter
Although the winter has been relatively mild in Idaho this year and snowplows aren’t being overworked, some still have damaged while maintaining highways. ITD’s Office of Risk Management reports 35 mishaps involving snowplows occurred between Oct. 27 and Jan. 15. Districts 3 and 4 report the most incidents – 11 and 10 respectively. The other four districts account for a combined 14 incidents.
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