December 23, 2010
FHWA presents partnership awards
Representatives from the Idaho division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) praised the work of several ITD employees recently when announcing the 2010 partnership awards. FHWA state administrator Peter Hartman and assistant Gus Shanine presented plaques to several recipients during the Idaho Transportation Board meeting in Boise, Dec. 8.
ITD's Mathson chosen Rider of the Year
ITD’s Dave Mathson, who works in technical support for Enterprise Technology Services, isn’t bothered much by the daily round trip of about 56 miles. On most days, he relaxes and engages 8-10 others in casual conversation. Mathson is one of about 860 individuals who takes advantage of Ada County Highway District’s Commuteride vans each month. Earlier this month, he was named Commuteride Rider of the Year for 2010.
W-2 information online
District 1 presents service, safety awards
District 1 employees paused recently to honor colleagues for their contributions to the Transportation Department and to share the holiday spirit. Service and safety awards were presented Dec. 9 during the holiday luncheon. The event also included a raffle for gift baskets, with the proceeds dedicated to a district employee activity committee that sponsors a summer barbecue and the holiday luncheon. The raffle generated about $900 for the fund.
All current employees and those in terminated status after December 31, 2009 have the ability to access their W-2 on the web. Employees who have signed up to receive their W-2 forms online will be able to view and print their forms starting on January 7, 2011. Paper forms will be mailed on January 20, 2011, to those who have not signed up to receive their W-2 forms online.
COMPASS announces legislative positions
The Board of Directors of the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS) identified its legislative priorities at its monthly Board meeting on Monday, December 20. The priorities, identified in five legislative position statements, highlight issues of importance to COMPASS members, who represent Treasure Valley cities, counties, highway districts, and other government organizations.
Published December 17, 2010
New turn bay design brings recognition to D-3
As part of a U.S. 20 seal coat this summer, District 3 Traffic Engineer Kevin Sablan suggested and designed alterations to the intersection striping plans to essentially use excess space from the shoulders and re-stripe it for turn bays at four problematic intersections. .
D-3 launches effort to reduce accidents
Like golf, your ranking on the ITD crash list is one of the places where a lower score is much better. During the last fiscal year, District 3 had 28 injury accidents and 47 vehicular accidents. This fall, an internal team set out to remedy that by creating a district-wide accident reduction committee, headed by district safety/training manager Terry Meiners.
Holiday patrols targeted for impaired drivers
As the holiday season gets under way with festive parties and celebrations, ITD reminds motorists to make the season safer for everyone by not driving while impaired. Using federal grant funds, the transportation department is partnering with Idaho law enforcement agencies to make highways safer by funding education campaigns and high-visibility impaired driving enforcement patrols from Dec. 17 through New Year's Day.
Renovated rest area opens on U.S. 20
From the Idaho Mtn. Express, Ketchum
Those who travel through Timmerman Junction in southern Blaine County can once again take a refresher at the intersection's rest area. After eight months of construction, the rest area at the southwest corner of the intersection of state Highway 75 and U.S. Highway 20 reopened for public use on Monday (Dec. 13).