a safe, enjoyable weekend.
If Labor Day plans include travel on Idaho highways
drive safely, wear a seat belt and avoid alcohol
Economic hub concept explained
Transportation will play an important role in a proposed
initiative to connect northern Idaho and eastern Washington
into a global marketplace. The concept incorporates the
highway and rail international border crossing at Eastport,
the Port of Lewiston, the Spokane International Airport,
and portions of U.S. 95, U.S. 395 and Interstate 90. Idaho
Transportation Department staff discussed the concept
with board members Aug. 16 during the board’s monthly
business meeting, held in Coeur d’Alene.
patience urged on holiday weekend
heading out for a long Labor Day weekend in Idaho should
find highways unrestricted by construction projects, but
could encounter firefighting traffic as crews battle major
wildfires in central Idaho. Highway construction activity
is suspended beginning Friday afternoon and continuing
through Labor Day - Monday.
Idaho Fair: All it's cracked up to be
demonstration of traffic safety at the Western Idaho
State Fair in Boise broke eggs faster than hens could
lay them. Representatives from ITD’s Office of
Highway Operations and Safety and the Idaho Division
of the Federal Highway Administration placed raw eggs
in a toy car then sent them hurtling to their untimely
digit can make big difference when dialing
the difference between 5-1-1 and 9-1-1? One provides emergency
assistance, the other travel information. Confuse the
two through inattentive dialing and you’re likely
to get more immediate attention than you expected.
to a friend
Roletto began working for ITD on May 21, 1984. He was
hired on as an hourly worker in Wallace. On his first
day of work, he managed to wreck his boss’s vehicle
when the crew he was working on asked the “new guy”
to go get them drinks. It’s a great story…
ask Jim to tell you. It’s too long for this newsletter.
bicycle race to traverse Idaho highways
endurance bicycle race that begins in Utah and terminates
in Wyoming will bring 1,000 riders and their families
to a route that cuts through southeast Idaho Sept. 8.
The 25th annual LOTOJA Classic – Logan (Utah) to
Jackson (Wyo.) – began with a small group of college
friends at Utah State University and has become one of
the nation’s premier cycling races.
enrollment open through Nov. 30
is time for our annual NCPERS open enrollment where all
benefited ITD employees have the opportunity to purchase
optional term life insurance at group rates. The Voluntary
Group Life Plan is underwritten by the Prudential Insurance
Company of America and is administered by American Administrative
to present information on retirement
representative of Nationwide Investment Services, will
explain retirement options during two sessions Sept. 5
at Headquarters in Boise. John Carver specializes in the
State of Idaho Deferred Compensation Plan, a tax-deferred
plan for state employees. Carver will help employees determine
how far their pension and Social Security will stretch
and options how to make up the difference.
Rock fire still threatening Sun Valley area
crews successfully completed burnout operations in the
Warm Springs area of the Castle Rock fire near Ketchum
Thursday. The burnout halted the spread of the backing
fire further east toward Ketchum. Smoke from interior
burns was still visible from points throughout the valley.
burning almost 415,000 acres in Idaho
activity report from the National Interagency Fire Center,
as of Friday, Aug. 23...
ITD to participate in Sept.
8 Career Fair
is stepping up efforts to attract qualified, motivated
professions to fill the positions it has available. In
an effort to attract applicants, representatives of ITD’s
Human Resource Services will join other public departments
and agencies at the sixth annual Law Enforcement Career
Fair and Public Safety Day Sept. 8 in Boise.
anticipation key to safety around schools
and pedestrian lanes, playgrounds, yellow buses and classrooms
return to life this fall as children from Port Hill to
Fort Hall make the annual pilgrimage back to school. Motorists
who have grown accustomed to sailing undeterred through
school zones the past three months need to renew their
vigilance around schools.
program encourages students to walk, bike
summer fades and children prepare for a new school year,
Idaho's First Lady Lori Otter urges parents to revive
an old tradition - encouraging children to walk or bike
to school regularly. Mrs. Otter wants schools and parents
to put Oct. 3 on their calendars and to organize a walking
event for "International Walk to School Day."
focuses on impaired driving
reminds drivers that law enforcement agencies in Idaho
and across the nation will be working overtime through
the Labor Day weekend to catch and arrest impaired drivers.
At least 30 Idaho law enforcement agencies are expected
to participate in the statewide overtime enforcement campaign
that begins today (Aug. 24) and continues through Sept.
511 Survey seeks ideas from commercial vehicle drivers
years after the Idaho Transportation Department launched
the 511 Traveler Information phone system and the 511.idaho.gov
Web site, the service is ready for a major upgrade. In
preparation for rolling out the new generation, ITD wants
input from a segment of the traveling public that depends
on Idaho’s highways for their livelihood –
commercial vehicle operators.