Idaho Transportation

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P.O. Box 7129
Boise, ID 83707
Fax: 208.334.8563

February 20, 2009

Stimulus briefing
Stokes part of delegation meeting with U.S. Transportation Secretary

ITD Deputy Director Scott Stokes and his counterparts in Montana and Wyoming were part of a delegation of transportation officials from throughout the nation who met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently to discuss the federal economic recovery spending package. Stokes, Jim Lynch (Montana), and John Cox (Wyoming) contributed key points to discussion during the final hour of the informal meeting.

ITD, volunteers make airstrip improvements

Campers at one of Idaho’s premier state-owned airstrips might not have to shower in a World War II-era Quonset hut much longer. The Division of Aeronautics plans to replace shower facilities at Cavanaugh Bay with a modern, modular building that includes upgraded showers and flush toilets this year if funding permits. Located at the south end of Priest Lake, about 20 miles northwest of Sandpoint, the airstrip is a popular overnight spot for pilots. 

Plane crash claims Utah pilot
A single-engine Piper Comanche airplane missing on a flight from Caldwell to the Bountiful Airport near Salt Lake City, was discovered Tuesday morning about 10.5 miles west of Hagerman. The plane, piloted by Craig Jewett,  41, of Centerville, Utah, crashed Sunday night and was discovered less than one-half mile from the last known radar coordinates. A Twin Falls County search and rescue team located the plane at about 10:25 a.m. Tuesday just inside the Elmore County line.

Federal grant to put Idaho highways on map
Creating and maintaining comprehensive one-stop information about all of Idaho’s roadways – state, city and county – has been an elusive goal. A partnership involving ITD and Inside Idaho (University of Idaho) recently was a $68,000 grant from the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) to support and further data collection and exchange under the National Spatial Infrastructure Cooperative Agreement Program.

Reflective clothes must be worn correctly to be effective
The intent of wearing high-visibility reflective clothing while working on highways is to be seen at night. A photograph provided by District 5 demonstrates the importance, not only of wearing the specialized clothing, but wearing it correctly, said District 3 Engineer Dave Jones.

Input from bicycle, pedestrian meetings to be discussed
Statewide bicycle and pedestrian mobility visioning results will be presented Tuesday through Thursday (Feb. 24-26) in Idaho Falls, Victor and Pocatello. In January, citizens throughout the state expressed their preferred vision for non-motorized mobility at the community, regional and state levels, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Mark McNeese said.

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Going green by going black
ITD employees are invited to go green by going black in March. The World Wildlife Fund is sponsoring a one-hour blackout between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on March 28 as a global warming initiative. Called “Earth Hour,” the event calls for turning off house lights between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. local time – a rolling event that will continue from one time zone to the next.

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Transportation funding

Otter introduces five revenue-generating bills

Flanked by about 50 proponents of increased transportation funding, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter Tuesday outlined five legislative bills that would begin to address Idaho’s growing backlog of highway and bridge projects. The half-hour news conference on the steps of the Capitol Annex came immediately after members of the House Transportation and Defense Committee agreed to send all of the bills for printing.

Director presents budget request to JFAC

ITD Director Pam Lowe presented the governor’s budget proposal for the department Thursday morning to members of the legislature’s Joint Appropriations and Finance Committee. During the session that lasted nearly three hours, Lowe also reviewed the department’s efficiency efforts, discussed findings of a peer review and Office of Performance Evaluation audit, and described the deteriorating condition Idaho’s infrastructure.

Women in leadership

Women leave imprint on Franklin Boulevard Bridge
Isaac Newton once said, “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”
District 3 builds walls (soundwalls) AND bridges.  And one of its most recent creations – The Franklin Boulevard Bridge over Interstate 84 – stands as a monument to the engineering/leadership contributions of women.

ITD blessed with strong cadre of women leaders
Women hold a variety of leadership positions within the Idaho Transportation Department.  Its director is a woman and more than a dozen female engineers are scattered throughout the state, including Fran Hood, Construction Engineer and Kathleen Slinger, Bridge Inspector – both of which are statewide positions.


Women in Transportation Society presents awards
The Treasure Valley chapter of the Women in Transportation Society (WTS) presented two awards Thursday night to individuals who have worked tirelessly to improve transportation and mobility in Idaho. State Sen. John McGee, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, received the “Transportation Leader of the Year” award and Gloria Parkvold was named the WTS member of the year.

ITD introduces online exit survey process

ITD employees who voluntarily leave the department take with them valuable knowledge and perceptions. Their insight is important to improve the workplace and make conditions even better. A new process, implemented early this month, will make exit interviews even easier to complete and responses easier to report. All employees who voluntarily leave ITD will be asked to complete an online exit survey before their departure.

Highway Users group honors ITD employees

ITD employees Steve Cole and Lennett Cantwell were honored with Motorvator Awards by the Idaho Highway Users Inc. for outstanding contributions to Idaho’s transportation system. The awards were presented during the organization’s annual luncheon for state legislators Tuesday in Boise.

Tales of Olympic proportion

The Idaho Transportation Department is doing more than providing logistical support for the Special Olympics World Winter Games this week. A number of ITD employees are volunteering at event venues and helping with transportation between them. For those of you helping...
Please share your experiences with the ITD community. If possible, please make a note of your most memorable moments, snap a few photos and send them to the Transporter for inclusion in a Special Olympics Scrapbook.

Thanks for sharing your stories and for showcasing the great state of Idaho.

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Red attire draws attention to Heart Association campaign

A group of Headquarters employees, committed to healthier hearts, donned red shirts recently to raise awareness for the American Heart Association’s annual campaign. Go Red For Women is a movement passionately dedicated to helping women fight back against heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women in America. By putting our passion together with positive action, we can continue to educate other women about their risks and help them find their own
personal path to better health for life.


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HRD training schedule

  Feb. 24-26 Intermediate Communication
  March 10-12 Basic Communication
  April 14, 15 Situational Leadership
  May 12, 13 Managing Performance
  June 9-11 Intermediate Communication
This schedule represents training classes available at Headquarters. For schedules at specific districts, please contact your EST or refer to the training calendar.