behalf of the Idaho Transportation Board and ITD’s
Executive Management team, please have a safe and
enjoyable Veteran’s Day holiday weekend.
ITD Director Pam Lowe encourages
employees to take a few minutes to complete an online
survey that will help the department and the state
of Idaho develop an initiative to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions. ITD's response has been excellent so
far, and nearly 1,300 people have accessed survey
site as of Thursday (Nov. 8). The deadline for completing
the survey has been extended to Nov. 16.
here to access the survey.
the heroes that secure freedom
the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, 89
years ago, an armistice, or “cessation of hostilities”
went into effect between the Allied nations and Germany.
Although fighting in World War I did not officially
end until the Treaty of Versailles some seven months
later, November 11, 1918, became known as “Armistice
District 3 to present report on avalanche plan
winter approaches, maintenance workers in District 3 are
preparing to use control measures to manage avalanche
chutes on Idaho 21 between Grandjean Junction and Banner
Summit. The Canyon Creek segment is a very high avalanche
hazard area because of a high concentration of major slide
paths – more than 50. ITD staff from the district
will summarize the avalanche forecasting and mitigation
program in a presentation Wednesday (Nov. 14) to the Idaho
New era of Practical Design brings many benefits;
District 2 receives first two design exceptions
projects scheduled to begin next year will do more than
realign a highway and extend the width of travel lanes.
They literally will help pave the way for a more streamlined
approach to project design that bases decisions on the
context in which the projects will fit.
strives for safe travel for holidays
together to keep more families safe this Thanksgiving
holiday, law enforcement agencies statewide and the Idaho
Transportation Department will join in an enhanced seat
belt and impaired driving education and enforcement campaign
beginning Monday (Nov. 12). The goal of the combined effort
is to reduce deaths and serious injuries on Idaho highways
caused by impaired drivers and unbelted motor vehicle
construction season winds down
this point in the year, everyone in construction is crossing
their fingers that the snow doesn’t start to fly
and the temperatures stay warm, but it will be a battle
to the end. While several small projects have dotted the
highways of District 4 this summer, it is the major reconstructions
that have received the most attention
for Life generates revenue, new hope
I can list dozens of retired
D-4 co-workers who have died from cancer. I can list
numerous who are currently working with us that are
fighting or have fought the cancer battle. A group of
about 10 folks have decided that they can do something
to help. The way to beat cancer is through research.
entering final week; have you pledged?
year's Idaho State Employees Charitable Giving Campaign
is almost at a close. Next Friday, Nov. 16, is the final
day. I hope all the districts are having as successful
fund-raisers as we have had between HQ and District 3.
We had an awesome theme basket raffle that raised more
than $2,600. And we aren't through! Next Friday is our
bake sale that is bound to do well.
ITD consultant receives top publication award
ITD consultant assisting with public involvement on the
I-84, Orchard to Gowen project in Boise, recently was
awarded the highest honor bestowed by a nationwide professional
organization. Lynda Friesz Public Relations, Inc., a Boise-based
full-service public relations firm, received a Platinum
Award, from the MarCom Awards for the I-84, Orchard to
Gowen Hearing Guide.
That’s good government
• Scenic byways Web site incredible
Regional Transit, in partnership with the Ada County Highway
District's Commuteride, published its September-October
issue of InTransit recently. See a PDF version of InTransit
that includes a summary of the Oct. 16 Idaho Transit Summit
Meeting in Boise.
collaboration produces safe footing
Jones looks across the American Falls High School campus
at a half-mile ribbon of black and can testify about
the importance of collaboration. The 10-foot-wide asphalt
path connects the high school with Teton Street at the
American Falls city limit. It is the product of multiple
jurisdictions –– including ITD's District
5 –– that were determined to eliminate what
had been long recognized as a threat to student safety.
Hirst knows how to make time fly
old phrase…“''What makes him tick,' comes
to life for Randy Hirst. When this Rathdrum resident is
not designing highways for the Idaho Transportation Department,
he's buried in his basement workshop… repairing
clocks. For the past 10 years, Hirst said he's been interested
in repairing clocks that have given up a last tick.
makes short transition in Office of Highway Operations
the Office of Highway Operations and Safety (OHOS) began
looking for a new highway safety manager the search didn't
to go far –– only about 50 feet. Share Maack
was recently appointed to the position responsible for
overseeing highway safety office activities. Maack was
previously an OHOS grants officer managing pedestrian,
bicyclist and motorcyclist safety programs in addition
to the office's EMS grant program.
Who's who in the Office of Highway Operations and Safety
campaign touches hearts of need
Hansen was trapped by what appeared to be a hopeless family
crisis. Subsisting on child support payments, she was
desperately trying to provide for her two children, ages
7 and 5. She had reached the end of her options and didn't
know where else to turn. So she turned to the Salvation
Army. (Read more about Nicole and her family's struggles
in the accompanying story.)
of a family served