July 17, 2009
Board announces Lowe's departure; Stokes named Acting director
Pamela Lowe will no longer serve as director of the Idaho Transportation Department effective July 31, the Idaho Transportation Board announced. Lowe has been director since 2007.
The transportation board Thursday named Deputy Director L. Scott Stokes as acting director while a search is conducted for a permanent replacement. Stokes started with the department in 1992 and served as deputy director since 2007.
Governor to lead Wednesday groundbreaking
Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter will lead a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday (July 22) at 11 a.m. (PDT) in Dover for the long-awaited replacement of a dangerous bridge - a project that will create jobs, stimulate economic activity and improve motorist safety. Popular Mechanics and The History Channel consider the 72-year-old Dover Bridge one of the worst in America.
Board tour to begin with Dover Bridge groundbreaking
As part of the District 1 tour next week, the Idaho Transportation Board will participate in the much-anticipated groundbreaking ceremony for the U.S.2 Dover Bridge. The governor and a number of other dignitaries will celebrate the beginning of a project that will replace “One of the 10 worst structures in America” according to Popular Mechanics magazine.
Board member Sweeney honored for gift
Work to renovate Lewiston High School's track and field facility is moving right along. A new terraced seating area at the Vollmer Bowl looks like it will quadruple the number of seats for track fans. The project is set to be finished before school starts late this summer. But more impressive than the new seating capacity is the generosity that made the project possible.
State limits service awards to certificates
In response to the realities of a deteriorating economy, the governor’s office has made the directive that state funds no longer be used to purchase service awards. In a memo to all Executive Branch Agencies Judie Wright, Administrator of the Division of Human Resources, stated that, “Beginning July 1, 2009, DHR will send the agencies certificates of service signed by the governor for those employees reaching a service milestone...
Public invited to give input on public transit needs
Community leaders and citizens can influence public transportation options in North Central Idaho by participating in one of three meetings planned to help determine local community mobility needs. Citizens of Latah, Clearwater, Lewis, Idaho and Nez Perce counties will have the opportunity to participate in developing strategies and setting priorities for how best to move people in their unique areas.
D-3 staff to assist with moving log house
The house measures 24 feet wide - approximately the same width of Idaho 55 - which is why ITD personnel will accompany the 33-mile transport of a log structure northward along the winding highway Tuesday and Wednesday morning (July25, 26).
Projects creating jobs, bolster economy
Directors of state departments of transportation from more than a dozen states described at a news conference this week the rapid pace of delivering jobs and highway projects to bolster the nation’s economic recovery. Nationwide, 2,000 construction projects are now under way, worth more than $6 billion. A total of 5,600 projects have been identified and approved for bidding, which means that a total of $16.7 billion will be flowing into the economy over the next two years.
ITD's Mary Harker spearheads production of 'tool kit'
The daunting tasks facing corporate human resource directors throughout the country are just as common among transportation departments. With the projected workforce shortage and the challenges DOTs face to be competitive with private sector, how do transportation departments recruit the best candidates, retain them and plan for future resource needs?
Human resource managers in the transportation industry have been asking those questions for several years, explains ITD Human Resource Manager Mary Harker.
Driver's manual to offer tips on bicycle/auto safety
The new Idaho Driver's Manual will include improved information about bicyclists and motorists safely sharing the highway when it is released later this summer. Enhancement of the "Share the Road" chapter in the Idaho Driver's Manual is the result of collaboration among state Sen. Elliot Werk, statewide bicycle advocates and ITD.
Boise drivers rank 9th nationally for lowest crash rates
Auto body repair shops in the Boise area apparently rely less on repeat customers than new ones – or so suggests a report issued this week by Allstate Insurance Company of Northbrook, Ill. Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report” indicates that Boise car owners average about 11.8 years between collisions, which ranks them ninth, along with Colorado Springs, Colo., in the nation’s top 10.
CIO newsletter addresses 'smart' phones
Mobile communication devices, including “smart phones,” have simplified the way state employees perform their work. But at the same time, they have opened the door for unscrupulous hackers to secretly track and intercept information and spread malicious software.
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