Idaho Transportation

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

January 23, 2009

ITD performance audit

Findings presented to oversight committee
Representatives of the Office of Performance Evaluation presented findings from their audit of the transportation department to members of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee Monday. The comprehensive review focused on department revenue, performance measures, the need for financial, highway and bridge management systems and GARVEE funding.

ITD offers formal response to review
Idaho Transportation Board chairman Darrell V Manning and ITD Director Pamela Lowe agreed with conclusions of the Office of Performance Evaluation’s audit. “The audit principally validates the strategic direction of the department for the past two years,” according to the department’s formal response.

See executive summary of OPE audit


Sen. Crapo seeks to protect interest of rural states

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), who has returned to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), is co-sponsoring legislation to protect the interests and funding of rural states during upcoming highway reauthorization efforts in Congress.


District 3 announces ambitious construction agenda

Over the next few months, more than a dozen transportation projects are planned throughout in the Treasure Valley - with more in Washington and Valley counties - including a couple of highly anticipated Interstate 84 projects. See descriptions of the projects, including contractor, price and timeline.

Series of statewide bicycle/pedestrian meetings begin

Meetings are scheduled in Lewiston and Moscow Tuesday (Jan. 27) as part of a series of bicycle and pedestrian mobility discussions in support of the ongoing statewide bicycle and pedestrian mobility survey.

Traveler information
New Web site focuses on eight-state corridor

A new Web site has been launched - - to help travelers gather information about Interstates 90 and 94 between the states of Wisconsin and Washington, including a segment in northern Idaho. Interstates 90 and 94 function as major corridors for commercial and recreational travel in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Motor vehicles
Institute predicts rise in number of uninsured drivers

Approximately one in six drivers across the United States may be driving uninsured by 2010, according to a recent study from Insurance Research Council (IRC). The report estimated that 9 percent of Idaho drivers will be operating without insurance, ranking the state in a tie for 36th, nationally.

Special Olympics
Idaho prepares for World Winter Games

Athletes from 110 countries will descend upon Idaho in about two weeks for the largest multi-day event ever held in the state. Athletes will be participating in a variety of competitions for the Special Olympics World Winter Games. Venues include Bogus Basin Ski Resort near Boise; Sun Valley; Ponderosa State Park (McCall); and Qwest Arena and the Boise Centre on the Grove in Boise.

Protect, preserve documents in event of emergency

It’s a New Year and you have just got done rotating the stock in your 72-hour emergency kit. You paid  attention to detail and made sure that the kit has all the food, water, personal items and medicines your household will need in case of an evacuation. But what about your important documents? 

ITD to be collection site for analog TVs March 7

ITD’s Headquarters parking lot will become a temporary repository for discarded televisions that may be rendered obsolete by the transition to digital signals.The city of Boise’s Public Works department has requested use of the ITD parking lot as a collection site on March 7.

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Idaho Legislature
State of the State/Budget Message
The Honorable C.L. “Butch” Otter, Governor
Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, Mr. Pro Tem, honorable members of the Legislature, Mr. Chief Justice and distinguished members of the Judiciary, my fellow Constitutional Officers, First Lady Lori, my family, and my fellow Idahoans. Before I begin, let me recognize our NEW lieutenant governor, Brad Little. Congratulations Brad, and good luck. Thank you for being here today, for the second and probably the last time that this State of the State address will be delivered at Boise State University’s Special Events Center.


Governor unveils transportation funding request
Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter last week outlined an austere budget that reflects the declining national economy and Idaho’s constitutional mandate to operate with a balanced budget. In addition to the reductions he requested, the governor’s budget message also included his vision for addressing the backlog of transportation needs. He recommended incremental increases in the Idaho fuel tax, vehicle registration costs and introduced the concept of a new tax on automobile rentals.

ITD adopts 'Wright' way to de-ice winter roads
By the time the snow begins to fall at the start of a major winter storm, ITD crews already have applied deicer to many of the state’s main highways.  What kind or amount depends on the district, but only one man and his team of chemists and technicians test the products for the entire state to ensure the quality of the materials remains consistent. Ron Wright is an internationally acclaimed chemist who has spent the last 20 at the helm of ITD’s materials and chemistry lab at Headquarters.

District 4

District engineer thanks staff for hard work in 2008

As we look back over the past year as usual it was a mixed bag of experiences.  Central to those experiences was the greatest resource that the department has – our employees. One important thing to remember is that a great foundation was established by those that were here before us and we have a great responsibility to maintain and improve that legacy.

ETS announces plan to maintain MPC computers
As you are all most likely aware by now, MPC computers announce recently that it has ceased all business operations.  The impact of this is that there will be no sales, support or service available from MPC. ITD has a significant installed base of MPC laptops and PCs. Many of these machines were still under a maintenance and/or warranty agreement with MPC. Unfortunately, these maintenance and warranty agreements will not be honored by MPC.

Special Olympics

Route announced for torch, 'Final Leg'

The Idaho State Police are proud to support and participate in the 2009 Final Leg Torch Run through Idaho prior to the opening of the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games. The Flame of Hope will be arriving from Greece at the Third Street boat launch in Couer d'Alene on Jan. 29 at 8:30 a.m. A ceremony will follow the arrival at the Coeur d'Alene Library.

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The bad elf had issues with the microphone and Santa forgot his eight tiny reindeer, but the food and fun made for a memorable 2008 Christmas party. The raffle and auction raised about $3,000, which allowed two donations of $1,350 to two local charities, Interfaith Volunteer Caregiver’s of Twin Falls and The Helping Hands Mission in Burley. 

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The ITD Twilight Golf League Committee is starting to get organized for the 2009 season. The league will play at Shadow Valley again (along Idaho 55) on Mondays. It is too early to know what time we will tee off, as it partly depends on the number of teams on the league, but we generally tee off between 4:45 and 5:45 p.m.

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HRD training schedule

  Feb. 3-5 Introduction to Supervision
  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.