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Idaho Transporation Board

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The Board

Who Makes the DecisionsIdaho Transportation Board - Oct. 2019
The seven-member Idaho Transportation Board meets once a month to oversee the operations of the Idaho Transportation Department. The Idaho Transportation Board establishes state transportation policy and guides the planning, development and management of a transportation network that is safe, efficient and enhances Idaho’s economy and quality of life. The Idaho Transportation Board normally meets six times in Boise and six times across the state annually.

Idaho Transportation Board Appointment

The governor appoints the board members, who are confirmed by the Idaho Senate. Six members represent each of ITD’s administrative districts and the seventh member is selected by the governor to serve as chairman.


Six of the seven board members are appointed to six-year terms beginning February 1. Terms are staggered so that one member’s term expires each year. The seventh member serves at the pleasure of the governor, acts as chair and casts a ballot only in the case of a tie vote. No more than four members may be of the same political party.


Members of the Transportation Board are paid $75 for each day they are involved in board related duties and are reimbursed for necessary expenses.

How to attend a board meeting or contact a board member

The Idaho Transportation Board meetings are open meetings and the public is invited to attend.

For additional information, or to contact the Transportation Board, contact:

Lorraine Dennis, Executive Assistant to the Board | Telephone: 208-334-8808 | E-mail:
3311 W. State St. | P.O. Box 7129, Boise, ID 83707-1129

The Idaho Transportation Board is comprised of seven citizens appointed by the Idaho Governor and confirmed by the Idaho Senate. The transportation board is authorized to control, supervise, and administer the Idaho Transportation Department.

One of the board’s critical roles is to select and fund statewide transportation projects. Improving and properly funding Idaho’s infrastructure is a key component of Governor Brad Little’s vision to strengthen and diversify the state’s economy. Without a strong, efficient transportation system, this will not be possible.

The Idaho Transportation Board recognizes the link between the state’s economy and transportation investments. From moving freight and agricultural goods, to meeting the needs of commuters, and improving our transit system for all modes of transportation in our growing state, the board’s goal is to provide a safe, mobility-focused transportation system that moves at the speed of business and drives economic opportunity.

The Idaho Transportation Department staff makes recommendations and the board selects projects based on engineering, safety and economic analyses. The board’s goals are to increase the safety and efficiency of how people travel and goods are transported, generate jobs and business revenue and grow Idaho’s gross domestic product. Although the economy is a vital component of the department’s efforts, safety will not be compromised for economic opportunity.

My personal goal as board chairman is to give good strategic guidance to the department and make sure it provides outstanding customer service as it maintains and improves our roadways, administers motor vehicles services and maintains our remote airstrips. We will do all of this while keeping our mission of “your safety, your mobility and your economic opportunity” as the foundation for decision making.

As we help shape the future of transportation in Idaho, we rely on input from citizens, nearly a dozen transportation advisory boards, state legislators, regulators, other government agencies, and the Governor. Ultimately, the transportation system belongs to the citizens of Idaho and travelers who depend on it to carry them safely across our great state.

Board Chairman Bill MoadBill Moad
Idaho Transportation Board

Board Members

Board Chairman Bill Moad

Bill Moad, Chairman, Caldwell

  • Retired as Director Fleet Operations after 37 years at Simplot Co.
  • Prior to career at Simplot Co., was a heavy construction equipment operator
  • From 1970 to 1977 worked at Burke Hudelson Ford and Happy Day Ford as a service writer and in sales/service, respectively
  • Past chairman of the Idaho Transportation Board’s Trucking Advisory Council
  • Past chairman of the Idaho Trucking Association and Idaho Truck Pac Inc.
  • Past chairman of the Middleton School Board
  • Past President of Caldwell Night Rodeo

Appointment: Serves at the pleasure of the Governor; 7/1/19 –


Jim Thompson

Jim Thompson, Member, Sandpoint

  • Represents District 1
  • Professional Engineer, retired heavy construction manager with more than 30 years of experience, including owning his own company and consulting with other projects.
  • Experience working in heavy construction managing pipelines, piling, shoring, and structural concrete.
  • Served on the Engineering and Utilities Contractors Association board of directors, as well as the board of directors for the Pile Driving Contractors Association.
  • Worked on civil projects for Exxon, Shell, Unocal, Pacific Refinery, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Cal-Trans, BART, City of San Francisco, San Francisco Airport, and Duke Energy (PG&E) power plant work.
  • Graduated from the University of Idaho in 1966.
  • Registered civil engineer in Idaho and California.

Appointment: 3/12/19 – 1/31/25
Counties: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Shoshone

Janice (Jan) Vassar, Member, Lewiston

  • Represents District 2
  • Member of the Public Transportation Advisory Council from 2007-2010.
  • Past city manager for Lewiston from September 1992 to February 2006.
  • Former director of Administrative Services for the city, executive assistant to the city manager, and city clerk.
  • Various community volunteer work.

Appointment: 1/31/10 – 1/31/16
Reappointed: 2/1/16 – 1/31/22
Counties: Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce

Julie DeLorenzo, Member, Boise

  • Represents District 3
  • Owner Julie DeLorenzo Realty, real estate consulting
  • Founding member Keller Williams Realty Boise since 1999
  • National Association of REALTORS®: Past Regional Vice President and Board of Directors; Past Chair Federal Financing & Housing Policy Committee; Past Chair Public Policy Coordinating Committee; current member Public Advocacy Advisory Group
  • Past President, Idaho Association of REALTORS®; current State Director
  • Idaho REALTOR® of the Year 2003
  • Past President and Board of Directors, Women’s and Children’s Alliance
  • Former: Boise School District Facilities Committee, Troop 100 Boy Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, Idaho Human Rights Education Center

Appointment: 03/12 – 1/31/15
Reappointed: 2/1/15 – 1/31/21 and 2/1/21 – 1/31/27
Counties: Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley, Washington

Jim Kempton, Member, Albion

  • Represents District 4
  • Twin Falls native
  • Vietnam veteran
  • Graduated from the University of Idaho
  • Served as assistant professor of physics, Air Force Academy
  • Former liaison between the Secretary of Commerce and Secretary of Defense
  • Five terms in the Idaho House of Representatives
  • Represented Idaho on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council
  • Former member of the Idaho Public Utilities Commission
  • Former chairman of the House Transportation and Defense Committee
  • Chaired the Forum on Transportation Investment
  • Former member of the Governor’s Task Force on Transportation Investment

Appointment: 2/1/12 – 1/31/18
2/1/18 – 1/31/24
Counties: Blaine, Camas Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Twin Falls

Dwight Horsch, Member, Pocatello

  • Represents District 5
  • Dwight Horsch brings an extensive background in public service to the Idaho Transportation Board. A lifelong farmer in the Pocatello and Aberdeen areas, he is a former legislator and served on an advisory panel to the State Board of Education on vocational education issues. He also was a member of the Idaho Judicial Council and served on the Idaho State Soil Conservation Commission and its successor, the Idaho State Soil and Water Conservation Commission.
  • He was elected to three terms in the Idaho House (1979-1984) and a term in the Idaho Senate (1985-86).
  • Horsch also was president of the Potato Growers of Idaho and served on the National Potato Council.

Appointment: 6/1/11 – 1/31/17
Reappointment: 2/1/17 – 1/31/23
Counties: Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, Power

Robert “Bob” Hoff, Member, Idaho Falls

  • Represents District 6
  • Longtime Idaho Falls businessman and pilot. His family settled in Idaho Falls in 1903 on one of the first potato ranches in Idaho.
  • Owner of Aero Mark Inc. in Idaho Falls, an aviation business he started in 1984.
  • Inducted into the Idaho Aviation Hall of Fame in 2006 and is currently a member of the Board of that organization.
  • Former member of the Idaho Aeronautics Advisory Board for 15 years, retiring from the board in 2010.

Appointment: 3/12/19 – 1/31/20
Reappointment: 2/1/20 to 1/31/26
Counties: Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, Teton

Schedule & Agendas

2021 Board Schedule & Agendas

Disclaimer: The board meeting packets posted on the site are draft working documents. The material in the packets, including the meeting agenda, is subject to change.

See meeting details in the table below including the call-in information for listening to upcoming Board meeting.

Due to COVID-19, board meetings may be conducted remotely. Board meeting schedule may change based on what is happening with COVID-19.

2021 DatesCityLocationAgendaBoard Packet
January 21, 2021BoiseRemoteAgenda - January 21, 2021Packet: January Board Meeting
January 21, 2021Boise (129K Subcommittee)RemoteAgenda: Subcommittee on 129,000 Pound Truck Routes - January 21, 2021Packet: 129K Routes Subcommittee - January 21, 2021
February 18, 2021PocatelloDistrict 5Agenda - February 18, 2021Packet: February Board Meeting
March 18, 2021BoiseHDQAgenda - March 18, 2021Packet: March Board Meeting
March 18, 2021Boise (129K Subcommittee)HDQAgenda: Subcommittee on 129,000 Pound Truck Routes - March 18, 2021Packet: 129K Routes Subcommittee - March 18, 2021
April 1, 2021Boise (Adjustments Subcommittee)RemoteAgenda: Adjustments Subcommittee - April 1, 2021Packet: Adjustments Subcommittee - April 1, 2021
April 21-22, 2021Jerome District 4Agenda - April 21-22, 2021Packet: April Board Meeting
April 22, 2021Jerome (129K Subcommittee)District 4Agenda: Subcommittee on 129,000 Pound Truck Routes - April 22, 2021Packet: 129K Routes Subcommittee - April 22, 2021
May 18-19, 2021LewistonDistrict 2Agenda - May 18-19, 2021Packet: May Board Meeting
June 23-24, 2021BoiseDistrict 3Agenda - June 23-24, 2021Packet: June Board Meeting
July 6, 2021Boise (129K Subcommittee)RemoteAgenda: Subcommittee on 129,000 Pound Truck Routes - July 6, 2021Packet: 129K Routes Subcommittee - July 6, 2021
July 21-22, 2021PocatelloDistrict 5Agenda - July 21-22, 2021Packet: July Board Meeting
August 17, 2021Coeur d’Alene (Policies Subcommittee)District 1Agenda: Policies Subcommittee - August 17, 2021Packet: Policies Subcommittee - August 17, 2021
August 17-18, 2021Coeur d’AleneDistrict 1Agenda - August 17-18, 2021Packet: August Board Meeting
September 1, 2021Boise (Special)HDQAgenda: Special Meeting - September 1, 2021
September 22, 2021BoiseHDQAgenda - September 22, 2021Packet: September Board Meeting
October 1, 2021Boise (Special)HDQAgenda: Special Meeting - October 1, 2021
October 19, 2021Boise (Policies Subcommittee)BoiseAgenda: Policies Subcommittee - October 19, 2021Packet: Policies Subcommittee - October 19, 2021
October 20, 2021BoiseHDQAgenda - October 20, 2021Packet: October Board Meeting
November 18, 2021BoiseHDQ
December 9, 2021BoiseHDQ

2022 Meeting Schedule

2022 DatesCityLocationAgendaBoard Packet
January 13, 2022BoiseHDQ
February 17, 2022BoiseHDQ
2020 DatesCityLocationAgendaBoard Packet
January 21, 2020Boise (Adjustments Subcommittee)HDQAgenda: Adjustments Subcommittee - January 21, 2020Packet: Adjustments Subcommittee - January 21, 2020
January 21, 2020Boise (129K Subcommittee)HDQAgenda: Subcommittee on 129,000 Pound Truck Routes - January 21, 2020Packet: 129K Routes Subcommittee - January 21, 2020
January 22, 2020BoiseHDQAgenda - January 22, 2020Packet: January Board Meeting
February 18, 2020Boise (129K Subcommittee)HDQAgenda: Subcommittee on 129,000 Pound Truck Routes - February 18, 2020Packet: 129K Routes Subcommittee - February 18, 2020
February 19, 2020Boise (Adjustments Subcommittee)HDQAgenda: Adjustments Subcommittee - February 19, 2020Packet: Adjustments Subcommittee - February 19, 2020
February 19, 2020BoiseHDQAgenda - February 19, 2020Packet: February Board Meeting
March 18, 2020BoiseHDQAgenda - March 18, 2020Packet: March Board Meeting
March 18, 2020Boise (Adjustments Subcommittee)HDQAgenda: Adjustments Subcommittee - March 18, 2020Packet: Adjustments Subcommittee - March 18, 2020
April 16, 2020BoiseHDQAgenda - April 16, 2020Packet: April Board Meeting
April 16, 2020Boise (129K Subcommittee)HDQAgenda: Subcommittee on 129,000 Pound Truck Routes - April 16, 2020Packet: 129K Routes Subcommittee - April 16, 2020
May 21, 2020Meeting remotely via telephone onlyHDQAgenda - May 21, 2020Packet: May Board Meeting
June 17, 2020BoiseHDQAgenda - June 17, 2020Packet: June Board Meeting
Presentation: June Workshop
June 26, 2020Boise (Special)HDQAgenda: Special Meeting - June 26, 2020
July 16, 2020PocatelloHDQAgenda - July 16, 2020Packet: July Board Meeting
August 20, 2020BoiseHDQAgenda - August 20, 2020Packet: August Board Meeting
September 15, 2020Boise (Adjustments Subcommittee)HDQ/remoteAgenda: Adjustments Subcommittee - September 15, 2020Packet: Adjustments Subcommittee - September 15, 2020
September 16, 2020RigbyDistrict 6Agenda - September 16, 2020Packet: September Board Meeting
October 15, 2020Coeur d'AleneDistrict 1Agenda - October 15, 2020Packet: October Board Meeting
November 19, 2020BoiseRemoteAgenda - November 19, 2020Packet: November Board Meeting
November 19, 2020Boise (129K Subcommittee)RemoteAgenda: Subcommittee on 129,000 Pound Truck Routes - November 19, 2020Packet: 129K Routes Subcommittee - November 19, 2020
December 2, 2020Boise (129K Subcommittee)RemoteAgenda: Subcommittee on 129,000 Pound Truck Routes - December 2, 2020Packet: 129K Routes Subcommittee - December 2, 2020
December 17, 2020BoiseRemoteAgenda - December 17, 2020Packet: December Board Meeting

2019 DatesCityLocationAgendaBoard Packet
January 16, 2019Boise (129k Subcommittee)HDQ129k Subcommittee Agenda - Jan. 16, 2019129K Routes Subcommittee Packet - Jan. 16, 2019
January 17, 2019Boise HDQAgenda - January 2019Packet - January 2019
February 21, 2019BoiseHDQAgenda - February 2019Packet - February 2019
March 21, 2019BoiseHDQAgenda - March 2019Packet - March 2019
April 17-18, 2019LewistonDistrict 2Agenda - April 2019Packet - April 2019
May 10, 2019Boise (Adjustments Subcommittee)HDQAdjustments Subcommittee Agenda - May 10, 2019Adjustments Subcommittee Packet - May 10, 2019
May 15-16, 2019 PocatelloDistrict 5Agenda - May 2019Packet - May 2019
May 23, 2019 Boise (129k Subcommittee)HDQ129k Subcommittee Agenda - May 23, 2019129k Packet - May 23, 2019
May 29, 2019 Boise (Adjustments Subcommittee)HDQAdjustments Subcommittee Agenda - May 29, 2019Adjustments Subcommittee Packet - May 29, 2019
June 19-20, 2019 SalmonDistrict 6Agenda - June 2019Packet - June 2019
July 17-18, 2019 ShoshoneDistrict 4Agenda - July 2019Packet - July 2019
August 21-22, 2019 Coeur d’AleneDistrict 1Agenda - August 2019Packet - August 2019
September 11-12, 2019 McCallDistrict 3Agenda - September 2019Packet - September 2019
October 16, 2019 Boise (Adjustments Subcommittee)HDQAdjustments Subcommittee Agenda - October 16, 2019Adjustments Subcommittee Packet - October 2019
October 17, 2019 BoiseHDQAgenda - October 2019Packet - October 2019
November 20, 2019 Boise (Adjustments Subcommittee)HDQAdjustments Subcommittee Agenda - November 20, 2019Adjustments Subcommittee Packet - November 2019
November 20-21, 2019 BoiseHDQAgenda - November 2019Packet - November 2019
December 12, 2019 BoiseHDQAgenda - December 2019Packet - December 2019

2018 DatesCityLocationAgendaBoard Packet
January 16, 2018Boise (129k Subcommittee)HDQ129k Subcommittee Agenda - Jan. 16, 2018
January 17, 2018Boise HDQAgenda - January 2018Packet - January 2018
February 21, 2018BoiseHDQAgenda - February 2018Packet - February 2018
March 14, 2018Boise (Adjustments Subcommittee)HDQAdjustments Subcommittee Agenda - Mar. 14, 2018
March 14-15, 2018BoiseHDQAgenda - March 2018Packet - March 2018
April 18-19, 2018LewistonDistrict 2Agenda - April 2018Packet - April 2018
May 16-17, 2018PocatelloDistrict 5Agenda - May 2018Packet - May 2018
May 30, 2018Boise (Subcommittee on Audits)HDQSubcommittee on Audits Agenda - May 30, 2018
June 20-21, 2018ShoshoneDistrict 4Agenda - June 2018Packet - June 2018
July 9, 2018Boise (Adjustments Subcommittee)HDQAdjustments Subcommittee Agenda - July 9, 2018
July 18-19, 2018BoiseDistrict 3Agenda - July 2018Packet - July 2018
August 15-16, 2018Coeur d’Alene District 1Agenda - August 2018Packet - August 2018
September 12, 2018Rigby (Adjustments Subcommittee)District 6Adjustments Subcommittee Agenda - Sept. 12, 2018
September 12-13, 2018RigbyDistrict 6Agenda - September 2018Packet - September 2018
Dist. 4 Adm. Building Feasibility Study
Dist. 4 Adm. Building Utility Master Plan
September 14, 2018Boise (Subcommittee on Audits)HDQSubcommittee on Audits Agenda - Sept. 14, 2018
October 26, 2018BoiseHDQAgenda - October 2018Packet - October 2018
November 13, 2018Boise (129k Subcommittee)HDQ129k Subcommittee Agenda - Nov. 13, 2018129k Packet - Nov. 13, 2018
November 14, 2018BoiseHDQAgenda - November 2018Packet - November 2018
December 13, 2018BoiseHDQAgenda - December 2018Packet - December 2018
December 14, 2018Boise (Adjustments Subcommittee)HDQAdjustments Subcommittee Agenda - Dec. 14, 2018Adjustments Subcommittee Packet - Dec. 14, 2018

2017 DatesCityLocationAgenda
January 18, 2017BoiseHDQAgenda - January 2017
January 18, 2017Boise (129k Subcommittee)HDQ129k Subcommittee Agenda - January 2017
February 22, 2017 BoiseHDQAgenda - February 2017
March 15-16, 2017 BoiseHDQAgenda - March 2017
April 19, 2017Lewiston (129k Subcommittee)District 2129k Subcommittee Agenda - April 2017
April 20-21, 2017LewistonDistrict 2Agenda - April 2017
May 17-18, 2017PocatelloDistrict 5Agenda - May 2017
May 25, 2017Boise (129k Subcommittee)HDQ 129k Subcommittee Agenda - May 2017
May 31, 2017Boise (Special)HDQ Special Agenda - May 2017
June 21-22, 2017BoiseDistrict 3Agenda - June 2017
July 20-21, 2017RigbyDistrict 6Agenda - July 2017
August 16-17, 2017Coeur d’Alene District 1Agenda - August 2017
September 20-21, 2017ShoshoneDistrict 4Agenda - September 2017
October 11, 2017Boise (129K Subcommittee)HDQ129K Subcommittee Agenda - October 2017
October 12, 2017BoiseHDQAgenda - October 2017
November 15, 2017Boise (Adjustments Subcommittee)HDQAdjustments Subcommittee Agenda - November 2017
November 16, 2017BoiseHDQAgenda - November 2017
December 7, 2017Boise (Special)HDQSpecial Agenda - December 2017
December 13, 2017Boise (Adjustments Subcommittee)HDQAdjustments Subcommittee Agenda - December 2017
December 14, 2017BoiseHDQAgenda - December 2017

2016 DatesCityLocationAgenda
January 4, 2016Boise (Adjustments Subcommittee)HDQAgenda
January 19, 2016Boise (129k Subcommittee) HDQAgenda
January 20, 2016Boise HDQAgenda
February 11, 2016Boise (Adjustments Subcommittee)HDQAgenda
February 18, 2016BoiseHDQAgenda
March 23, 2016Grangeville (129k Subcommittee)District 2Agenda
March 24, 2016GrangevilleDistrict 2Agenda
April 27-28 , 2016BoiseHDQAgenda
May 18-19, 2016PocatelloDistrict 5Agenda
June 8, 2016Boise (Special Meeting)District 3Agenda
June 15-16, 2016BoiseDistrict 3Agenda
July 27-28, 2016Coeur d'AleneDistrict 1Agenda
August 17-18, 2016RigbyDistrict 6Agenda
September 7, 2016Boise (Special Meeting)HDQAgenda
September 12, 2016Boise (Special Meeting)HDQAgenda
September 20, 2016Twin Falls (129k Subcommittee)District 4Agenda
September 21-22, 2016ShoshoneDistrict 4Agenda
October 3, 2016Boise (129k Subcommittee)HDQAgenda 
October 19-20, 2016BoiseHDQAgenda 
November 17, 2016BoiseHDQAgenda
December 13, 2016Boise (129k Subcommittee)HDQAgenda
December 14, 2016BoiseHDQAgenda

2015 DatesCityLocationAgenda
January 15, 2015Boise (Special Meeting)HDQSpec-Agenda
January 21-22, 2015BoiseHDQAgenda
January 21, 2015Boise (129k subcommittee)HDQBoise (129k subcommittee)
February 23, 2015BoiseHDQAgenda
February 23, 2015Boise (Adjustments subcommittee)HDQAgenda
March 24-25, 2015BoiseHDQAgenda
March 25, 2015Boise (Adjustments subcommittee)HDQAgenda
April 29-30, 2015LewistonDistrict 2Agenda
May 20-21, 2015PocatelloDistrict 5Agenda
June 15-16, 2015ShoshoneDistrict 4Agenda
July 23, 2015BoiseHDQAgenda
August 19-20, 2015Coeur d’AleneDistrict 1Agenda
September 16, 2015RigbyDistrict 6Agenda
October 21-22, 2015BoiseHDQAgenda
November 18, 2015BoiseHDQAgenda
December 17, 2015BoiseHDQAgenda

Meeting Minutes

2021 Meeting Minutes

January 2021
January 21, 2021 (129k Subcommittee)
February 2021
February Exhibit #532
February Exhibit #533
March 2021
March 18, 2021 (129k Subcommittee)
April 2021
April Exhibit #534
April Exhibit #535
April 22, 2021 (129k Subcommittee)
May 2021
May Exhibit #536
June 2021
June Exhibit #537
July 2021
July Exhibit #538
July 6, 2021 (129k Subcommittee)
August 2021
August Exhibit #539
August Exhibit #540
August Exhibit #541
August Exhibit #542
September 2021
September 1, 2021 (Special Meeting)

October 1, 2021 (Special Meeting)


Idaho Transportation Board

Subcommittee on Adjustments to the State Highway System

The Board Subcommittee on Adjustments to the State Highway System was established in 1996 to review adjustments to the state highway system. After the Subcommittee considers a request, it submits a recommendation to the Idaho Transportation Board for action.

Members of the Subcommittee are Jim Kempton, who serves as chairman, and Bob Hoff. Jim Thompson serves as the rotating member, participating on the Subcommittee unless a route in a non-Subcommittee member’s district is under consideration to ensure that district is represented by his/her board member. From ITD, the Chief Engineer, a Deputy Attorney General, Transportation Planning Services staff, and the Executive Assistant to the Board and the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council Administrator and a Federal Highway Administration representative provide assistance.

The Board Subcommittee meets on an as-needed basis. Subcommittee meetings are open to the public.

Meeting agendas and minutes can be found at the “Schedules & Agendas” tab and the “Meeting Minutes” tab (above).

For additional information contact the Executive Assistant to the Board, Lorraine Dennis, at

Idaho Transportation Board

Subcommittee on 129,000 Pound Truck Routes

For questions regarding 129k routes or the approval process, please email or call Scott Luekenga at 208-334-8057.

ITD Executive Team

Idaho Transportation Department
Director – Brian Ness
A life-long transportation professional, Brian W. Ness was appointed Director of the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) in November 2009. He is responsible for an annual budget of approximately $800 million and provides leadership and vision for more than 1,650 employees.

Director Ness is a member of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) Board of Directors, the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ (WASHTO) Board of Directors, the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) Board of Directors, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) Board of Directors, and the Idaho Rural Partnership’s Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region Idaho Council, and was appointed by the Governor to chair the Idaho Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Testing and Deployment Committee.

In 2019, Director Ness became President of the ARTBA’s Transportation Officials Division. ARTBA represents the combined interests of the contracting industry, the consulting community, and the owners of the transportation system. Functioning as a non-partisan federation based in Washington D.C., ARTBA advances public policy designed to increase federal transportation investment and improve the efficiency of the project-delivery process.

In 2018, Director Ness was appointed to TRB’s Executive Committee and in addition serves on their Subcommittee on Planning and Policy Review (SPPR). The TRB is a unit of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and serves as an independent adviser to the President of the United States, the Congress, and federal and state agencies on scientific and technical transportation issues of national importance.

Director Ness served as Chair of the AASHTO Special Committee on Research and Innovation until 2017. He testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Research and Technology in 2019 on “The Need for a National Surface Transportation Research Agenda.”

Director Ness chaired the AASHTO Special Committee on Transportation Security and Emergency Management (SCOTSEM) until August 2017. Through his leadership of SCOTSEM, he achieved national recognition for applying his organizational model to emergency management and security, which has helped reshape SCOTSEM’s strategic plan.

In 2015, Director Ness was President of WASHTO. In this position, he served as a regional representative to AASHTO’s Executive Committee. In addition, Director Ness sponsored the WASHTO Highway Transport Committee, and was the creator and sponsor of WASHTO’s Emerging Leaders Program.

Under Director Ness’ leadership, the Idaho Technology Council recognized the department as a finalist for Innovative Company of the Year in 2016, and for a second time in 2019. On both occasions, ITD was the only public-service state agency nominated. Director Ness received the 2016 Navigator Award from the national organization, Route Fifty. The award, in the “Agency and Department Chiefs” category, is based on his citizen-focused approach to government and transformative style. Director Ness was named Trine University’s (formerly Tri-State University) 2014 Alumni of the Year.

ITD began an employee-driven innovation program in 2014. Since that time, the department has implemented more than 1,700 innovations, saved nearly $35 million, created 691 customer-service improvements, and saved 540,000 contractor and employee hours.

In 2013, ITD earned AASHTO’s President’s Award for Administration for its realignment efforts. Director Ness was honored in 2012 as Leader of the Year by the Treasure Valley Chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar, and since Director Ness joined the department, ITD has received nearly 170 national awards for its programs and projects, including the prestigious Francis B. Francois Award for Innovation. Under Ness, ITD has won 17 AASHTO President’s Transportation Awards, competing against all other state departments of transportation. Statistically, ITD should have only won two or three of these awards.

Director Ness is a nationally recognized authority on organizational realignment and speaks regularly at national conferences for both the public and private sectors about how to structure a more effective and accountable state government. He conducts seminars each year on his “Nine Steps to a Results-Focused Culture” for the National Transportation Leadership Institute’s (NTLI) senior and executive-level management courses.

Director Ness earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Tri-State University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University. He is a licensed professional engineer in Michigan and Idaho. Before becoming director at ITD, he worked for 30 years at the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), holding a variety of positions in research, operations, aeronautics, construction, and project development. Director Ness ended his career with MDOT as the North Region Administrator/Engineer.

Chief Deputy – Scott Stokes
Scott Stokes, a 30-year Idaho Transportation Department veteran, became chief deputy in 2007 after a long tenure as district engineer in northern Idaho. As chief deputy, Mr. Stokes oversees the divisions of Aeronautics, Motor Vehicles, Public Transportation, and highway bonding programs, and has primary responsibility for much of the department’s daily operations.

Mr. Stokes is chairman of the Idaho Traffic Safety Commission and is intimately involved in all facets of highway safety for the department. He is a leading advocate of the drive to achieve zero deaths on Idaho highways by promoting driver responsibility and accountability. In support of ITD’s strategic plan, Mr. Stokes also is engaged in the department’s internal and external efforts to promote economic opportunity through transportation and to increase mobility for Idaho businesses and travelers.

Mr. Stokes joined the department in 1992 and served as the state bridge engineer early in his career. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Brigham Young University and worked for a private Idaho engineering firm about eight years before joining ITD developing community public works projects and regional commercial developments.

The Idaho Transportation Board announced Mr. Stokes as the next ITD Director on October 1, 2021. He will replace long time Director Brian Ness after he retires on May 28, 2022.

Dan McElhinney
Chief Operations Officer – Dan McElhinney
Dan McElhinney accepted the position of Chief Operations Officer for the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) effective August 10, 2020, after an extensive national search. As the Chief Operations Officer for ITD, he provides leadership and support to the six District Engineers and district employees across the state in highway planning, design, construction, maintenance and traffic operations helping to serve the traveling public and local communities. Daily our 1600 ITD employees are focused on operating and improving an integrated network of over 12,000 highway lane miles with over 1,800 bridges, 34 rest areas, and 12 fixed ports of entry.

Dan brings a wealth of experience with him to ITD. During his career, he has dealt with many issues that our department will be facing such as rapid growth, innovative contracting and autonomous vehicles. He has demonstrated a history of seeing tough projects through to the finish line and bringing diverse groups together. Dan has quickly become a very valuable asset to our team as he is the kind of collaborative leader who brings people together to make us the best transportation department in the country.

Dan comes to ITD from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) where he served as District 10 Director in Stockton. As District Director, he was responsible for overseeing more than 3,500 lane miles in eight counties, leading 600 employees and managing a nearly $2 billion capital program asset management plan and an annual operating budget of more than $150 million. He also brings experience serving on a variety of commissions and policy councils. As District Director, Dan served as Commissioner on the Delta Protection Commission and as a Caltrans Ex-Officio member of the San Joaquin Regional Rail/Altamont Corridor Express Commission, the Stanislaus Council of Governments, and the San Joaquin Council of Governments. He previously served a six-year term as a Commissioner on the San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission (BCDC) and on the BCDC Sea Level Rise Policy Group.

Prior to accepting the District 10 position, Dan served as the San Francisco Bay Area District 4 Chief Deputy Director where he was responsible for over 7,000 lane miles in nine counties for 16 years where he led more than 3,000 employees and had oversight for a construction program in excess of $10 billion during that time. Dan also served as the State Toll Bridge Program Manager leading rehabilitation or replacement of 7 toll bridges covering 20 miles of Bay Area crossings in partnership with the Bay Area Toll Authority. Previously he was a Deputy District Director/Principal Manager of the Caltrans North Region of 22 counties. These are just a few of the many positions that he held during his 32 years at Caltrans. Dan is a licensed civil engineer who graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering with Minors in Surveying and Metallurgy.

Chief Human Resources Officer – Brenda Williams
Brenda Williams brought an extensive background in human resources to the Idaho Transportation Department in October 2013 when she became the department’s Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). Recently, she was the Area Human Resources Manager for Republic Services (formerly Allied Waste Services), in Salt Lake City, where she provided strategic leadership for multiple states. She achieved key business objectives in the areas of development, succession planning, and performance management. Republic is a Fortune 500 company that specializes in environmental services with 31,000 employees in 40 states, including Idaho.

Williams was also the Director of Human Resources for Comcast Corp., (formerly AT&T Broadband), in Salt Lake City, for multiple locations throughout the state. She was instrumental in driving employee engagement through management and employee action teams. Williams was promoted to the position after serving as Director of Staffing and Organizational Development for AT&T Broadband.

Chief Administrative Officer – Charlene McArthur
After a successful career in the private sector, Charlene “Char” McArthur assumed the position of Chief Administrative Officer at the Idaho Transportation Department in October 2013. She previously served as the Global Corporate Controller for the Fluke Corp., a Danaher Operating Company located in Everett, Wash. She was responsible for the company’s financial reporting, internal control, and managing working capital targets of more than 20 subsidiaries throughout the world.

Char attributes her success to developing skilled, dedicated and engaged employees who strategically focus continuous improvement efforts on the organization’s strategic priorities. McArthur, a Boise native, graduated from Boise State University with a BBA in accounting. She has worked in both public accounting and private industry. Char is a licensed CPA.