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Winter Driving

Stay safe this winter with the transportation department’s Prepare – Be Aware winter safety campaign. Prepare - Be AwareThe campaign equips drivers with tools and information to drive safe during the winter months.

PrepareWinter-time Vehicle Maintenance video
Be AwareSafety around Snow Plows video
Road Report: 511.idaho.gov

Click the topics below to learn more about winter driving and the transportation department’s efforts to keep Idaho’s highway system safe and clear during the snow season.

Most of us can’t put our lives on hold when it snows. That’s why the Idaho Transportation Department strives to make winter travel as safe as possible on state highways. Although many drivers have watched snowplows clear the roads, there are some important facts you should know about snow removal.

How does ITD prepare for the snow and ice season?
During the year, more than 400 ITD operations personnel prepare for the snow season by stockpiling necessary supplies. In the fall, the same trucks that have been used during the summer for stockpiling, patching and other maintenance operations are equipped with snowplows. Employees also receive training to operate new equipment.

How does ITD decide which roads to clear first?SanderTN
ITD considers these factors for clearing roads in the state highway system:

  • Traffic volumes
  • Accident reduction
  • Number of steep grades, sharp curves, intersections, ramps or potentially hazardous areas
  • Availability of manpower and equipment resources

ITD applies liquid anti-icers to roads in many areas before a storm arrives. Once the anti-icing work is completed, ITD responds to winter storms as they occur and attempts to clear all roads as the snow begins to fall. However, in situations where a storm covers a large area, resources can be stretched beyond available limits. In these situations a system of priorities is followed to provide the best service.

Interstates and state highways that have the highest volume of traffic are cleared first. Workers continue to clear roads with top priority placed on the most-traveled roads down to areas with lower volumes of traffic.

Some routes, because of concerns for public safety, high difficulty and cost of winter maintenance, may be closed for short durations until manpower and equipment resources are available for snow removal.

The winter maintenance priorities on the state highway system are approved by the Idaho Transportation Board.

Increasing moisture and warming temperatures is mixing with heavy snowpack from a historic winter to create flooding and water-over-the-roadway situations all across the state on state highways and interstate routes.
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This can cause significant safety hazards, including drivers unable to control their vehicles due to hydroplaning, sudden re-direction of vehicles by standing water, and vehicular malfunction by water in the engine compartment or wheel wells.

Drivers are reminded to check 511.idaho.gov for updates on rapidly-changing highway conditions.

ITD will work swiftly to restore mobility to drivers in the vicinity of area floods – despite weather situation and things we can’t control (Mother Nature), we are committed to making repairs as safely and swiftly as possible.


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A heavy snowpack is combining with rain and warming temperatures to create conditions where flooding and water over the roadway is a distinct possibility, especially in low-lying areas. Locations statewide could be in jeopardy, including highway sections on:

  • I-90 and Idaho 41 in northern Idaho
  • Idaho 21, 52, 55, 78, US 95 and I-84 in southwest Idaho
  • Idaho 24, 27, 46, 81, 93, and US 30 in south-central Idaho
  • Idaho 34 and 37, and US 30 and 91 in southeastern Idaho
  • Idaho 28 and US 20 in eastern Idaho

Drivers advised to watch for potholes, roadway breakupPotholes
As a winter for the ages rages on, potholes are developing in roadway surfaces across the state. Record precipitation and multiple freeze-thaw cycles are causing distress in many of the highways we all rely on for safe travel to home and work, school and recreation.

ITD maintenance crews are maintaining roadways and fixing potholes when possible. More in-depth projects to repair and reconstruct highways are usually planned, but can be several years into the future. In those cases, ITD will continue to complete patches to provide a safer and smoother driving surface.

How potholes are formed
Potholes and areas of major breakup develop as water seeps into cracks and saturates the base material below the roadway surface. Ice expands in the cracks and base material, loosens the road surface, and it collapses as it melts and traffic drives over the top.

Here is written and video information on how potholes are formed.

Your safety is our top priority
During winter storms, the first priority of ITD crews is to clear snow and ice from the roadways. Once roads are cleared, crews can shift their focus to pothole repair. Crews fill them with temporary patching material, and after the potholes are able to dry completely can a more durable patching material be used and be expected to last.


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Pothole repairAvoiding pothole damage is the driver’s responsibility, too
Potholes and other broken pavement sections are considered roadway hazards, and drivers are advised to take extra precaution in these damaged areas.

Limited funding
State funds pay for the pothole patching — the same funds that are used to plow roads and treat these roadways with salt, sand or de-icer during winter months — so the money supply is limited.

How can drivers help when the roads are being cleared?ITDPlowTN

Use caution when driving in winter conditions, and cooperate with the highway workers that clear the roadways. Here are some additional safety tips:

  • Remain two car lengths behind snowplow trucks for every 10 mph you drive. Sand being spread by trucks can damage your vehicle.
  • Do not pass a snowplow unless it is absolutely necessary. If you must pass, do so only when you can clearly see the road ahead. Do not pass on the side where the plow is spraying snow. If you do, the snow’s force can knock your car out of control.
  • Do not cut back immediately in front of a snowplow truck. The plow blades are often covered with snow and can be difficult to see.
  • Do not brake suddenly if you are traveling in front of a snowplow. The heavy vehicle cannot stop as quickly as an automobile.
  • Do not abandon your car unless it is absolutely necessary. However, if you must, leave it as far off the road as possible. Abandoned cars can interfere with the road clearing process and can be extremely hazardous to snow removal equipment and the operators if they are hidden or buried by snow.
  • Be aware of potential icy areas such as shady spots, bridges and overpasses. Since they are exposed on their undersides, bridges and overpasses are deprived of ground warmth and freeze more rapidly than the roadways leading to them.
  • Before you begin your trip, make sure your car’s windows, mirrors and lights are clear of snow. Keep your windshield washers filled with a non-freezing solution all winter.
  • Keep an emergency winter driving kit in your car. The kit should include: flashlights with extra batteries, a first aid kit with a pocket knife, at least one blanket, an extra set of mittens, socks and a wool cap, a small sack of sand or cat litter for generating traction under the wheels, a small shovel, bottled water, booster cables, canned fruit, nuts and a non-electric can opener.
  • Travel Smart. Travel Safe. Get updates on winter road and weather conditions, emergency closures and access to tourist information 24-hours-a-day by visiting 511.idaho.gov or dialing 511. If your phone company does not support 511, simply call 888-IDA-ROAD (888-432-7623) to access the 511 system.

What should be done if a medical emergency occurs in an area where the roads have not been cleared?

In case of medical emergencies in areas where roads have not been plowed, the local or state police should be called. These agencies will work with search and rescue personnel and ITD to respond to emergencies.

Winter driving checklist can help motorists stay safe on the roads.
For Idaho motorists, winter driving is a necessity. Drivers can help ensure safer travel by preparing themselves and their vehicles for the cooler months ahead.

But even the most cautious driver should carry some essential items in the car in case of an emergency. Use a plastic crate or a large, heavy canvas bag to store the following items in the trunk of your car:

  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • First aid kit with a pocket knife
  • At least one blanket
  • Extra set of mittens, socks and a wool cap
  • Small sack of sand or cat litter for generating traction under the wheels
  • A small shovel
  • Bottled water
  • Booster cables
  • Canned fruit, nuts and a non-electric can opener

A winter car kit helps ensure a driver’s safety, but vehicles also need attention at the start of the winter season. The American Automobile Association advises drivers to prepare their vehicles for the winter season by having a mechanic check the following items:

  • Battery
  • Antifreeze
  • Wipers and windshield washer fluid
  • Ignition system
  • Thermostat
  • Lights
  • Flashing hazard lights
  • Exhaust system
  • Heater
  • Brakes
  • Defroster
  • Oil level (if necessary, replace existing oil with a winter grade oil or the SAE 10w/30 weight variety)
  • Install good winter tires

Facts about Anti-Icing
Why do workers spray liquid onto the roadways before a big storm arrives? If you live in Idaho, you’ve probably asked yourself that question. It may seem dangerous to add liquid to a road that might freeze, but that liquid can be your best friend when winter driving conditions are at their worst. That liquid can prevent snow from sticking to the road and prevent frost or black ice. It’s one of the newest weapons against icy roads. Thanks to anti-icing, winter driving can be a safer experience. The following commonly-asked questions and answers will help you learn more about liquid anti-icing and the benefits it can offer motorists.

What is Anti-Icing? MgClTruckTN
Liquid anti-icers work like anti-freeze by lowering the freezing temperature of water and preventing ice from forming a strong bond to the road. They help keep roads from becoming slick, improve safety and reduce accidents.

Is it safe?
Anti-icing liquids are less toxic than baking soda or salt. Unlike sand, it won’t crack your windshield or chip your car’s paint. Tests have shown that the proper application of anti-icing liquids produces no negative effects on ground water, surface water or vegetation.

What can I do if I drive on roads where Anti-Icing liquids are used?
Wash your car on a regular basis. Anti-icing liquids (along with slush and dirt from the roads) can splash onto your car and build up after time, leaving a filmy residue on your car. Make car washing part of your regular maintenance routine, and you’ll help keep residue from the winter roads off of your car.

Why not use sand?
In many cases anti-icing liquids work better than sand. They keep snow from firmly sticking to the pavement. Anti-Icing liquids also last longer than sand and work in a broader range of conditions. Sand can be crushed by traffic and produce airborne dust, which contributes to pollution. Because sand is easily blown off the road by traffic, it requires repeated applications.

ICESIGNTNHow are Anti-Icing liquids used?
Anti-icing: A light application of the liquid is made to a road before a storm to prevent a hard bond of ice, reduce snow buildup and speed snow and ice breakup after the storm.
De-icing: The liquid is applied to remove a thin layer of snowpack or ice already on the road. It can be very effective for melting black ice and freezing rain.
Pre-wetting: Wetting traditional sanding material with anti-Icing causes sand to stick to snowpack better. Keeping sand on the road is nearly impossible in some circumstances, especially in very cold weather and in cases where there’s traffic at highway speeds. Anti-Icing liquids can keep the sand from blowing to the shoulder of the road.

What about cost?
Anti-icing liquids are usually the most cost-effective alternative when considering the whole picture. There are less expensive chemicals to use for snow and ice control, such as salt and other ice melting chemicals. But those alternatives can be harmful to vehicles, bridges and the environment.

Anti-icing liquids are a good alternative because they are less corrosive and work better than other chemicals. They reduce environmental impact, bridge corrosion and vehicle damage.

In the last few years Idaho has worked with Montana, Washington, Oregon, Colorado and British Columbia to develop higher standards for a winter maintenance chemicals. The goal among the six transportation regions is to use a winter maintenance chemical that is appropriate for our environment and less corrosive than other alternatives.

For more information, contact Steve Spoor, Maintenance Services Coordinator, at 334-8413.

Studded snow tires are legal in Idaho from Oct. 1 to April 30

Snowstorms may not be part of the immediate weather forecast, but Oct. 1 marks the date for legal use of studded snow tires in Idaho.

While it may be legal to use the tires, officials advise against it unless conditions warrant. Studded tires are snow tires with small metal cleats embedded in the tread, and may cause undue wear on bare roadways. Idaho’s studded snow tire season continues through April 30.

Studded tire laws vary in neighboring states:

  • Montana: Oct. 1 – May 31
  • Nevada: Oct. 1 – April 30
  • Utah: Oct. 15 – April 15
  • Oregon: Nov. 1 – March 31
  • Washington: Nov. 1 – March 31
  • Wyoming: Legal all year

For weekly updates on highway construction projects in Idaho, call the Idaho Road Report at 511 or 1-888-IDA-ROAD (432-7623). For online updates, visit the transportation department’s road report at 511.idaho.gov.

Daily reports on winter road conditions are provided from November through April.

District 1: North Idaho


Jerry Wilson
Jerry.Wilson@itd.idaho.gov
1-208-772-1224
600 W. Prairie Ave
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
83815-8764


District 2: North-Central Idaho


Bob Schumacher
Bob.Schumacher@itd.idaho.gov
1-208-799-4255
2600 Frontage Rd
P.O. Box 837
Lewiston, Idaho 83501-0837


District 3: Southwest Idaho


Jennifer Gonzalez
Jennifer.Gonzalez@itd.idaho.gov
1-208-334-8938
8150 Chinden Blvd.
P.O. Box 8028
Boise, Idaho 83714-8028


District 4: South-Central Idaho


Walter Burnside
Walter.Burnside@itd.idaho.gov
1-208-886-7805
216 Date Street
P.O. Box 2A
Shoshone, Idaho 83352-0820


District 5: Southeast Idaho


Steve Gertonson
Steve.Gertonson@itd.idaho.gov
1-208-239-3309
5151 S. 5th Street P.O. Box 4700
Pocatello, Idaho 83205-4700
District 5 Foreman Contacts


District 6: East Idaho


Jesse Barrus
Jesse.Barrus@itd.idaho.gov
1-208-745-5609
206 N. Yellowstone P.O. Box 97
Rigby, Idaho 83442-0097
District 6 Foreman Contacts


District 1 Counties: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Shoshone


District 2 Counties: Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce


District 3 Counties: Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Washington, Valley


District 4 Counties: Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Twin Falls


District 5 Counties: Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, Power


District 6 Counties: Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Teton, Madison



Rest Areas

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Idaho Safety Rest Areas offers the traveler a break from driving to stop and stretch, walk the dog, and let the kids run off pent up energy. After a refreshing break from your driving route, you will be more alert and able to resume your travels.

Facilities vary from site to site but all Idaho rest areas offer tables (with or without) shelters, trash receptacles, drinking fountains, telephones, trees and shade, and travel information boards, in addition to restrooms. Some of the larger facilities offer walking and paved biking trails, larger parking areas for recreation vehicles and semi-trucks, and Visitor Information Centers.

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Safety Rest areas are designed for temporary use and do not offer services for extended periods of stay or over night camping. If you need a place to rest over night and wish to camp, please feel free to enjoy any of the camping facilities and public campgrounds in Idaho’s State Parks and National Forests.

For more information about Idaho (including complete lodging and campground listings), obtain a copy of the Idaho Travel Guide from the Department of Commerce or visit the following websites:

  1. U.S. Forest Service
  2. Recreational Opportunities on Idaho Federal Lands
  3. Idaho State Parks & Recreation DepartmentLodging/Camping
  4. Idaho Department of CommercePlaces to Stay

Idaho rest areas are a stopping place for your relaxation and comfort. Please help us keep them pleasant by using them as they are intended and by being considerate of others.

  1. Rest Area Rules and Regulations

ITD is committed to doing all we can to provide a safe driving experience on all state highways. In fact, highway safety is a prime consideration along the highway corridor, from design through construction and then with every maintenance effort. Still, the key to preventing accidents, injuries and fatalities is individual driver awareness. Remember to always wear your seatbelt and never mix driving with alcohol or drug use. If you become sleepy or fatigued, stop and rest. That is one prime reason for ITD’s rest areas.

For additional information contact Cathy Ford, Roadside Programs Coordinator, at (208) 334-8416.

The Rest Area Activities Program allows nonprofit groups to dispense free refreshments to the motoring public for the purpose of providing a period of relaxation and improving the highway safety.

If you or your organization would like to participate in this program please view our Rest Area Activities Program Packet. For additional Operation Wildflower forms or to apply online please visit the ITD Maintenance Downloads page.

For additional information contact Robin Karsann, D1 Adopt-A-Highway & Volunteer Services Coordinator, at (208) 772-8011

Volunteer Activities

Volunteer Activities

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The citizens of Idaho are proud of our state and are willing to volunteer their services to ITD’s Maintenance Volunteer Programs. There are many ways to volunteer including litter pickup, wildflower planting and maintenance, graffiti removal, landscape planting and maintenance, yard and building maintenance, and dispensing refreshments to the motoring public.

Volunteer Services Program

The Volunteer Services Program allows volunteer groups or volunteer individuals to engage in ITD-approved activities not associated with the Adopt-A-Highway Program.  The activities may include graffiti removal, landscape planting and maintenance,  or yard and building maintenance.

If you would like to participate in this program please view our Volunteer Services Program Information Packet (pdf).  For additional Volunteer Services forms or to apply online please visit the Documents and Forms tab.


Through the Adopt-A-Highway Program volunteer groups have the opportunity to support ITD’s anti-litter commitment by adopting sections of state highway right-of-way for the purpose of controlling litter on their adopted sections.

To view sections of roadway available for adoption please select a region below or select an area on our Idaho Map:

NOTE: The information provided in this web site is as accurate and up-to-date as possible. Road availability is updated frequently. However, all information is subject to change.

If you or your organization would like to participate in this program please view our Adopt-A-Highway Information/Application Packet. For additional Adopt-A-Highway forms or to apply online please visit the Documents/Forms tab.

  • Adopt-A-Highway Photo Gallery


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Through the Operation Wildflower Program, Adopt-A-Highway volunteer groups have the opportunity to participate in ITD-approved wildflower planting on their adopted sections.

If you or your organization would like to participate in this program please view our Operation Wildflower Program Packet. For additional Operation Wildflower forms or to apply online please visit the Documents/Forms tab.

The Rest Area Activities Program allows nonprofit groups to dispense free refreshments to the motoring public for the purpose of providing a period of relaxation and improving the highway safety.

If you or your organization would like to participate in this program please view our Rest Area Activities Program Packet. For additional Operation Wildflower forms or to apply online please visit the Documents/Forms tab.

For additional information contact Robin Karsann, D1 Adopt-A-Highway & Volunteer Services Coordinator, at (208) 772-8011

District 1


Robin Karsann
Robin.Karsann@itd.idaho.gov
1-208-772-8011
600 W. Prairie Ave
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83815-8764


District 2


Shane Niemela
Shane.Niemela@itd.idaho.gov
1-208-799-4239
P.O. Box 837
Lewiston, Idaho 83501-0837


District 3


Janet Gregory
Janet.Gregory@itd.idaho.gov
1-208-334-8350
FAX 208-334-8917
P.O. Box 8028
Boise, Idaho 83707-2028


District 4


Joyce Shaw
Joyce.Shaw@itd.idaho.gov
1-208-886-7871
216 Date Street P.O. Box 2A
Shoshone, Idaho 83352-0820

District 5


Sharon Short
Sharon.Short@itd.idaho.gov
1-208-239-3300
P.O. Box 4700
Pocatello, Idaho 83205-4700

District 6


Todd Grover
Todd.Grover@itd.idaho.gov
1-208-745-5631
P.O. Box 97
Rigby, Idaho 83205-0097


District 1
Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Shoshone


District 2
Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce


District 3
Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Washington, Valley


District 4
Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Twin Falls


District 5
Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, Power


District 6
Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Teton, Madison


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in ITD Volunteer Programs?

Members or employees of civic or non-profit organizations and commercial or private enterprises.

How do I become a volunteer?

The volunteer group contact person must submit an Program Application to the Volunteer Services Coordinator.  For more information, See Volunteer Contacts

What cannot be done when volunteering?

The volunteer groups will not be allowed to dispense organizational, political, or any other type of literature, with the exception of tourist information such as city, county, or state road maps, cafe and hotel accommodations.

Are there safety guidelines that need to be followed?

Yes, participants are required to follow ITD Safety Tips, Guidelines for litter pickup, and the Traffic Control Plan for Litter Pickup.

What is Adopt-A-Highway?

Adopt-A-Highway emphasizes anti-litter education and utilizes volunteer groups to control litter on their adopted section of state highway right-of-way.

How long does my agreement last?

Volunteer groups are required to adopt a section for two years.  If you are interested volunteering for a shorter duration please click on the Volunteer Services link.

Can I adopt a particular stretch of highway?

Yes, if the stretch of highway is available.  If your desired section is unavailable an alternate section of state highway may be adopted.

How long is the stretch of highway?

Volunteer groups are required to adopt a section of roadway that is 2 miles long, when possible.  Shorter sections may be adopted when conditions prohibit adopting 2 miles.

How often should litter be picked up?

Litter should be picked up a minimum of two times a year, or more frequently as needed.  Volunteer Groups will need to complete a Cleanup Report Card for each pickup and send the card to ITD’s Volunteer Services Coordinator.

Who supplies the litter bags and picks up the filled bags?

ITD will provide safety vests, trashbags, traffic control signs, and safety literature for the use of Volunteer Groups.  To the extent possible, ITD will remove the filled trashbags from the roadsides the first ITD workday following the volunteer group’s pickup.

How do I get bags and vests?

The Volunteer Group can obtain required supplies and materials from ITD during regular business hours.  Supplies may be obtained by the Volunteer Group by completing a Adopt-A-Highway Equipment Request Form.

What is Operation Wildflower?

Through the Operation Wildflower Program, Adopt-A-Highway volunteer groups have the opportunity to participate in ITD-approved wildflower planting on their adopted sections.

What type of wildflowers may be planted?

Only ITD furnished seed will be allowed for planting.

How can I receive wildflower seeds?

Wildflower seeds can be obtained from your district volunteer coordinator.

What is Rest Area Safety Break?

The Rest Area Activities Program allows nonprofit groups to dispense free refreshments to the motoring public for the purpose of providing a period of relaxation and improving highway safety.

What is Volunteer Services?

Through the Volunteer Services Program, volunteer groups or individuals have the opportunity to participate in ITD-approved activities that are not associated with the Adopt-A-highway Program or Operation Wildflower. Some of the activates include litter pickup, wildflower planting and maintenance, graffiti removal, landscape planting and maintenance, state highway right-of-way beatification, and yard/building maintenance.

 

Documents/Forms

Documents and Forms

The forms, manuals, and references are made available on the Internet by the Idaho Transportation Department as a public service. These Internet versions may not be used for commercial purposes, nor may the references be published or repackaged for commercial sale.


Mail your completed and signed forms to:
Volunteer Services Coordinator
Idaho Transportation Department
PO Box 7129
Boise ID 83707-1129


Forms:

Other References:

Vegetation


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Roadside Vegetation Management

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Noxious weeds are spreading at an alarming rate across the Western United States. Each year approximately $23 billion is lost nationwide due to invasive plant impacts to agriculture, industry, recreation, and the environment. In addition, invasive plants are invading about 4,600 acres of land daily with over 8 million acres of Idaho lands severely infested by one of the 35 state-designated noxious weeds.

ITD Integrated Vegetative Management (IVM) program applies specific guidelines and complies with federal, state and local noxious weed laws to effectively eliminate, control and manage the spread of noxious weeds.

ITD is currently using environmentally beneficial landscaping which includes utilizing techniques that compliment and enhance the local environment and seek to minimize the adverse effects that landscaping has on it. It also provides a framework for preventing the introduction of and controlling the spread of invasive plant species on highway rights-of-way.

Some of these techniques and equipment include selective herbicide applications, brush control or removal, promoting native or adaptable vegetation, reseeding disturbed areas, bio-control agents and delivery systems, more efficient equipment cleaners, improved seeding equipment (for steep slopes), Global Positioning System (GPS) for invasive population inventories, and methods to minimize soil disturbance during vegetation management activities.

For additional information, contact Cathy Ford, Roadside Programs Coordinator, at (208) 334-8416.


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Wildflowers and other native plants provide visual character that enhances the natural scenic beauty of our state’s landscape. The growing concern for our natural heritage has generated an increasing interest in their restoration, preservation, and appreciation.

Our highways provide access to the splendors of nature as well as offer opportunities for natural beauty within their rights-of-way. The “Operation Wildflower” program and the Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act of 1987 (STURAA) initiated the use of native wildflowers and other native vegetation along the rights-of-way to add natural character and diversity to the highway environment. These programs are the framework of Idaho Transportation Department’s wildflower and native habitat restoration programs.

Since 2001, ITD’s native plant program has reintroduced native species to thousands of road miles and incorporated native species into seed mixes and revegetation activities. Using native plants enhances biodiversity, preserves natural habitats, and restores native wildlife habitats.

Transportation planning and project development must reflect the desires of communities, and take into account the impacts on both the natural and human environments. Transportation projects are closely looked at to see how they might impact the community, the natural environment, and our health and welfare.

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For additional information, contact Cathy Ford, Roadside Programs Coordinator, at (208) 334-8416.

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ITD supports research, development, and technology transfer activities addressing the Department’s strategic goals and initiatives. It is ITD’s mission to develop and maintain effective partnerships, deliver efficient and effective transportation services, offer practical solutions for immediate and long-term problems, develop new tools/technologies and facilitate their implementation, and coordinate projects performed by universities and agencies.

Roadside research focuses on balancing concerns for natural habitats and environments while enhancing roadside vegetation communities. It is a comprehensive program that focuses on improving the quality of natural environment by reducing noxious and invasive species establishment and spread, reducing wind and soil erosion, improving slope stability, establishing sustainable native vegetation, restoring natural habitats, and protecting and enhancing ecosystems. Research initiatives support statewide planning and involvement with the environmental process, construction activities, and maintenance operations.

Partnerships are essential to an efficient and effective integrated roadside vegetation program. Partnership projects help reduce soil erosion, increase wildlife habitat, and reduce damages caused by invasive species, wildland fires and other natural disasters. Public benefits include enhanced natural resources that help sustain environmental quality while supporting continued economic development, recreation, and natural beauty.

Bureau of Land Management
The I-84 Hazardous Fuels project was initiated between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) in 2005 to implement fire management approaches to reduce the impact of devastating wildfires that have plagued the western U.S. for many years. The objective of the project is to increase public safety, improve the condition of natural resources on public lands by decreasing the number of fire starts originating from the I-84 transportation corridor, and decrease the spread and frequency of fires moving from the interstate onto adjacent public lands and into urban communities and sprawling home development.

Tri-State Cooperative Weed Management
The Tri-State project was initiated between WSDOT, MDOT, & ITD in 2006 to evaluate and implement noxious weed management strategies along the I-90 corridor stretching from Washington to Montana. The objective of the project is to implement a weed management plan and strategy for notifying agencies of new invaders, reduce economical impacts of new invaders, identify and stop the spread of new invaders across borders, educate the public and stakeholders on prevention and response measures, and increase awareness and communication.

Native Plant Research:

Integrated Erosion Control Methods:

Contacts


Steve Spoor
Maintenance Services Manager
(208) 334-8413

Cathy Ford
Roadside Programs Manager
(208) 334-8416

Judi Conner
Fuel Systems Manager
(208) 334-8094

Rene Wright
Headquarters TAMS Coordinator
(208) 334-8584

Mailing Address
Idaho Transportation Department
Mobility Services – Maintenance
PO Box 7129
Boise, Idaho 83707
Phone: (208) 334-8400

Street Address
Idaho Transportation Department
Mobility Services – Maintenance
3293 Jordan Street
Boise, Idaho 83703
Fax: (208) 334-8595