December 18, 2009
New member from D-2 takes seat on transportation board
When longtime associate and friend Bruce Sweeney lost his courageous battle with cancer in August, Jan Vassar recognized a new opportunity to serve. She contacted Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and volunteered her expertise as a possible successor for Sweeney on the Idaho Transportation Board.
ITD, Nampa school expand TRAC curricula
ITD volunteers returned to the classroom this fall with changes planned for the Transportation and Civil Engineering (TRAC) program the department and the Nampa School District have offered students for the past two years.
Training provides refresher on avalanches
Whether it snows a little or a lot across Idaho each winter, one thing you can count on is a succession of snow slides along notorious “avalanche alley” in District 3. The 11-mile section of Idaho 21 between Banner Summit and Grandjean Junction, called Canyon Creek, has 54 avalanche chutes along its steep slopes, contributing about 90 percent of the state’s avalanches.
First stimulus-funded highway projects completed in D-6
Crews completed construction on a 1.7-mile stretch of Idaho 48 through the Rigby area Friday. Earlier this fall, work was completed on U.S. 20 northbound passing lanes between Island Park Lodge and Red Rock Road and southbound passing lanes between Henry’s Fork Outlet Bridge and Idaho 87.
Nezperce residents celebrate new highway, community center
Residents of Nezperce in north-central Idaho survived the makeover. Monday, even though the new road construction was not clearly visible under a floor of packed snow, about 50 people showed up to celebrate the completion of the $1.4 million project and the town's new library and community center.
Imbibing? Appoint a designated driver
Parties and celebrations are under way so ITD reminds motorists to make this holiday season safer for everyone by choosing not to drive while impaired. ITD's Office of Highway Operations and Safety provides funds through a federal grant for Idaho law enforcement agencies to conduct overtime patrols statewide searching for and arresting drunk or impaired drivers Dec. 18 through New Year's Day.
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ITD equipment buy-back featured in Caterpillar magazine
Steve Spoor has become a celebrity of sorts. He has a magazine cover as proof. Spoor’s image and account of ITD’s successful heavy equipment buy-back program are featured as a cover story in the fall issue of Caterpillar’s magazine “Governmental Solutions,” which is devoted to corporate and government relationships.
Maintenance sheds connected to the world
Until recently, the best way to reach some of ITD’s remote maintenance sheds was to drive there. Connectivity using telephones, cell phones and computer networks - was unreliable in many locations. Major improvements to the information highway are changing that. ITD has invested heavily in bringing all but a few of the rural maintenance facilities onto the department’s network
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New password standards to into effect Jan. 4
If your e-mail password doesn’t look like something a toddler produced on your keyboard, it might be too simple to meet the state’s new security standards. Enterprise Technology Services announced earlier this year a move to make ITD’s passwords standards comply with new policies and guidelines of the state’s Information Technology Resource Management Council (ITRMC).
Apparent low bidder announced for U.S. 95 stimulus project
Interstate Concrete and Asphalt of Coeur d'Alene is the apparent low bidder on a project that will eliminate a two-lane, two-mile bottleneck on U.S. 95 north of Hayden. Bids were opened Thursday in Boise. The project will widen a two-lane section of U.S. 95, between Wyoming Avenue and the Idaho 53 junction, to connect with four-lane segments on both ends.
Campaign seeks to continue increased use of 511 system
Three years ago, during the heart of the winter driving season (Nov. through Feb.), 350,000 people checked the relatively new 511 Traveler Services to learn about travel conditions on Idaho highways. Use of the free Web-based and telephone system has increased dramatically since then.
Team(s) forming for annual tournament
ITD will field at least one team – or more, depending on response – for the annual State Softball tournament tentatively scheduled for May 22, according to coordinator Ruth Numoz. The player fees are determined by the number of participants on each team. Fees likely will range between $15 and $20 per person. Anyone interested in playing for ITD in the tournament is encouraged to contact Munoz at 334-8044.
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