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Accessibility | Title VI | Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is committed to compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all related regulations and directives. ITD assures that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any ITD service, program, or activity. The department also assures that every effort will be made to prevent discrimination through the impacts of its programs, policies, and activities on minority and low-income populations. In addition, the department will take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to services for persons with Limited English Proficiency.

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Accessibility | Title VI | Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is committed to compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all related regulations and directives. ITD assures that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any ITD service, program, or activity. The department also assures that every effort will be made to prevent discrimination through the impacts of its programs, policies, and activities on minority and low-income populations. In addition, the department will take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to services for persons with Limited English Proficiency.

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Bulldozing Through COVID

September 22, 2020
Even during these challenging and uncertain times, the world of construction just keeps on pushing forward. While construction continues to...
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ITD updates Traffic Tracker tool to show historical data

August 3, 2020
The Idaho Transportation Department is updating its popular Traffic Tracker tool to provide traffic counts for the previous five years,...
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McElhinney named new Idaho Transportation Department Chief Operations Officer

July 7, 2020
Dan McElhinney has been selected as the Idaho Transportation Department’s new Chief Operations Officer following a thorough national search. He...
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ITD DMV employees work from home to continue helping Idaho drivers

April 29, 2020
Idaho Transportation Department Division of Motor Vehicles employees continue to work hard from home to help Idaho drivers. During this...
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State’s old Highway Advisory Radio system being decommissioned

April 17, 2020
The Idaho State Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) communication system is being decommissioned. The use of the old system was suspended...
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One hundred homemade masks donated to ITD

April 14, 2020
The masks are now available to maintenance workers, mechanics, signal technicians, construction inspectors, lab techs and administrative assistants throughout the five northern counties and will help them follow safety guidelines as they stay at work.
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Idaho Highway 21 cleanup photo essay

April 9, 2020
Check out these photos of the cleanup on Idaho Highway 21 after a 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit the Central Mountains....
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Idaho Highway 21 re-opens after earthquake damage closure

April 8, 2020
ITD crews have finished cleaning up tons of rock, dirt and snow on Idaho Highway 21 between Lowman and Stanley...
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August 14, 2020 – ITD In Motion Video

Latest ITD In Motion video features safety reminder from District 4’s Schoolcraft, mining Idaho crash data, and I-84 bridge slide.

July 31, 2020 – ITD In Motion Video

A check-in on some of the road projects happening across the state… from concrete pouring at the US-95 ID-53 interchange, to bridge sliding at I-84 and Blacks Creek, and boulder blasting at the rock slide site near Riggins. Plus, some scenic photos of the Gem State from our own ITD employees.

July 24, 2020 – A ground level look at operations underway on the US-95 slide near Riggins, and learn about the Idaho Transportation Improvement Program.

July 10, 2020 – Idaho goes hands free starting July 1, 2020. Find out what that means for drivers in this week’s ITD In Motion.

June 2020 – ITD In Motion Video

  • June 26, 2020 – ITD In Motion Video – A look at the safety precautions the Idaho Transportation Department is encouraging among employees to slow the spread of COVID-19, a reminder that the DMV’s driver’s license and vehicle registration emergency extensions end June 30, and a beautiful view of scenic Highway 95 in North Central Idaho.
  • June 12, 2020 – ITD In Motion Video – Jillian Garrigues and Aubrie Spence highlight Ridgevue High School’s “Battle of the Belts” wins, a reminder to slow down and drive engaged during the 100 Deadliest Days, and how Adopt a Highway efforts are back on track after a brief hiatus due to COVID-19.


  • May 29, 2020 – ITD In Motion Video – Learn about an innovation from St. Maries making post-pounding safer, faster, and easier. Plus, a look at the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway.
  • May 22, 2020 – ITD In Motion Video – A message about DMV’s online services to help drivers avoid waiting in lines, a look at our Work Zone Awareness campaign, and a message to drive engaged as we enter the 100 deadliest days on Idaho roadways.
  • May 8, 2020 – ITD In Motion Video – A reminder to “Look Before You Lock” and not leave kids or pets inside hot cars, a message from Director Brian Ness on ITD’s essential work during COVID-19, and a preview of our latest Drive Idaho podcast.
  • May 1, 2020 – ITD In Motion Video – Learn about highlights in the upcoming publication of the Rudder Flutter, fire crews conducting controlled burns along Southwest Idaho roadways, and a first-hand look at spring road maintenance.
  • April 23, 2020 – ITD In Motion Video – A focused awareness and appreciation for ITD employees out on the roads in work zones statewide, the Division of Aeronautics’ response in the aftermath of a significant earthquake, and an award-winning highway safety effort at the high-school level.
  • April 16, 2020 – ITD In Motion Video – Hosted by the office’s two newest additions, this video highlights employee achievements in the face of the continuing COVID-19 health crisis, from face covering guidance and lunches for truckers, to the ongoing and essential work our crews are doing in order to keep highways clear and safe.

Video: ITD InMotion October 2019

  • November 2019: Highlighting the importance of getting the Star Card—one year ahead of the federal deadline and learning more about the new Aeronautics building in the Idaho Mountains top this latest In Motion video.
  • May 2019: In this edition of ITD In Motion, we share stories from across the department and hear from one of our transportation techs about the real-life dangers of driving through flood waters and ignoring barricades and road closed signs.
  • Spring 2019: Topics include winter maintenance operations across the state, remembering fallen coworkers and how Idaho Governor Brad Little is helping spread the word about the importance of the Star Card.
  • Winter 2019: Taking a closer look at drone use within ITD—and how swift planning and design helped shape an expedited construction schedule on Boise’s Interstate 84 Cloverdale Bridge highlight this edition of ITD In Motion with Jennifer Gonzalez.

ITD In Motion – Fall 2018

  • 2018 ITD Annual Report: This video report highlights the positive results of ITD’s commitment to your safety, your mobility, and your economic opportunity.
  • Fall 2018: A focus on bridge inspections and safety.
  • Summer 2018: The latest news about roadside maintenance, ITD innovation, and the Autonomous and Connected Vehicles Testing and Deployment Committee.
  • Employee Safety: A review of the new ITD employee safety vest, winter mobility numbers and DMV news.
  • Winter Operations: We take a closer look at two aspects of ITD’s winter operations.

  • 2017 Year in Review: A look back at a very busy year in review at ITD.
  • Projects: We highlight the projects and people that are making headlines across Idaho.
  • 100 Deadliest Days: The 100 deadliest days are the time from Memorial Day to Labor Day that sees a spike in highway fatalities. ITD Is promoting education to reduce these statistics.
  • Statewide Project Highlights: These projects show how ITD integrates our mission statement into what we do. Your safety, your mobility and your economic opportunity.
  • Eclipse: The 2017 solar eclipse is expected to bring thousands of people to southwest Idaho.

Historical Photos

Photo History Library Video
Photo History Library Video

Idaho Transportation Photo Collection

Travel back in Idaho history

The Idaho Transportation Photo Collection is a free, online database with more than 30,000 images documenting the rich history of transportation and infrastructure development in the Gem State. From surveying and constructing the North and South Highway to dedicating Idaho’s Interstate Highway System, every corner of Idaho is represented in this unique collection captured by the Idaho Transportation Department.

Get to know YOUR Idaho


Spurred by a vision to operate more like a business, and motivated by an annual funding shortfall in the hundred of millions, in 2014 the department launched a strategy to engage employees to find solutions to everyday problems. The centerpiece of this innovation strategy is an employee-driven effort.

Rather than rely on the brainpower of a select group of leadership-level people, ITD is harnessing the creativity of all employees statewide. Employees at every level are encouraged to submit ideas for time and money savings and making processes more efficient. But this is not just an old-fashioned suggestion box. Employees work to implement the best ideas that have a measurable impact.

Innovation Videos

Employee innovations are submitted in one or more of these seven categories: Safety, Mobility, Economic Opportunity, Employee Development, Customer Service, Cost Savings, and Time Savings.

Innovation Stories

ITD's Innovation Stewards & Idaho location - Help to make ideas flourish

Each district and division within the department has an Innovation Steward to help employees participate in the innovation effort and facilitate the submission of ideas.

New employees often have a great perspective to identify process improvements because they have a fresh perspective. Many important innovations have come from employees in their first year at ITD, as well as seasoned workers.

Traffic Incident Mgmt

Traffic Incident Management in Idaho

TIM Training implementation progress Map of US
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The Idaho Transportation Department’s Traffic Incident Management or TIM Program is dedicated to improving the on-scene safety of Idaho’s incident responders. By increasing outreach and awareness of TIM practices, the program can increase the reliability of Idaho roadways and the livability of our communities.

  • TIM Training is federally developed and delivered across the nationTIM Training
    • Developed by FHWA and offered in partnership with AASHTO, the national TIM training curriculum is pilot-tested and based on best TIM practices and advanced standards.
    • To date more than 335,000 TIM Responders across the U.S. have received the training.
  • TIM Training is customizable.
    • Training can be delivered in its entirety or through select modules in almost any setting.
  • Traffic Incident Management is accepted by the Idaho EMS Bureau as continuing education.
  • Traffic Incident Management Outreach Toolkit
  • To respond effectively as a team, we must train as a team.

National TIM Responder Training Program
Traffic Incident Management consists of a planned and coordinated multi-disciplinary process to detect, respond to and clear traffic incidents so that traffic flow may be restored as safely and quickly as possible. TIM Responder Training brings together personnel across the responder spectrum to build a stronger, more coordinated corps at the local and national level.

The Goal is to provide quarterly training based on geographic regions to all of Idaho in the coming years.

  • Since the program began in Idaho:
    • 396 Incident Responders have been trained.
    • 118 TIM Trainers have been certified.

Saves Lives

Crashes and “struck-by” incidents continue to be a leading cause of on-duty injuries and deaths for public safety responders and support teams responding to highway incidents.

Saves Time

Traffic incidents are a contributing factor to congestion in the U.S. For every minute a freeway lane is blocked due to an incident, it results in four minutes of travel delay.

Saves Money

Less time spent in backups, fewer secondary crashes and fewer insurance claims means less financial loss due to highway incidents.

Multiple response agencies work together to respond to highway incidents, including:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Fire
  • Transportation
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Towing
  • Public Works
  • Haz-Mat Disciplines


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 1,150 innovations, saved nearly $11 million, created 670 customer-service improvements, and saved 225,000 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 25-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, and Transportation Performance and has primary responsibility for much of the department’s daily operations.

Mr. Stokes is chairman of the Idaho Traffic Safety Council 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. 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 travelers. He is a member of ITD’s four-person executive team and reports to the director.

A second-generation ITD employee, 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 engineering firm about eight years before joining ITD.

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.

Excellence Awards

In September 2019, ITD took nominations for the 2019 Excellence in Transportation Awards. During this year, significant changes to the awards contest were designed to increase participation and the chance to be recognized for the hard work ITD employees do every day. The 2019 honors were announced in December.

The Excellence in Transportation Awards are sponsored annually by the Idaho Transportation Department to recognize outstanding initiatives in developing, planning, and implementing transportation projects throughout Idaho. The awards program also recognizes ITD employees in transportation-related fields who have made exceptional contributions to the organization.

Project Categories
Any consulting/construction contracting firm or agency engaged in transportation-related projects in Idaho is eligible to enter. Submitted projects must be located in Idaho.

The entry must be associated with a public transportation improvement, project and/or funded by transportation dollars and fall into one of the award categories listed below. See specific category criteria for project completion eligibility requirements.

Entries submitted in previous years may be resubmitted if it still complies with the aforementioned time span. Winning entries from previous years are ineligible. A project may be entered in as many categories as desired; however, a separate application must be submitted for each category and address its specified criteria.

  • Project Recognition and Award – One award will be presented to the winner of each category. Each winning entry will have the opportunity to present up to three additional awards to other firms/agencies who may have contributed to the project. Also, up to six certificates of recognition may be given to the project’s key personnel.

ITD Personnel Categories
Any ITD or non-ITD individual may submit a nomination for one of the four personnel categories. Please review the eligibility requirements for each personnel award category because they vary.

  • ITD Personnel Recognition and Award – One plaque will be presented to the winner of each category.

Award Criteria
Each category has its own set of criteria for judging. A project may be entered in more than one category and a separate entry is required for each category.
Please click on the categories below to view the entry criteria and the Awards Application Forms.