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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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ITD Executive Team

ITD Director Scott Stokes
Director – Scott Stokes
Scott Stokes, an Idaho Transportation Department veteran who joined the department in I992, became Director in late May 2022 after serving as Chief Deputy since 2007. Scott has served in several capacities, including as District Engineer in northern Idaho, and State Bridge Engineer early in his ITD career.

As Chief Deputy, Stokes oversaw the divisions of Aeronautics, Motor Vehicles, Public Transportation, Emergency Management and highway bonding programs, and had primary responsibility for much of the department’s daily operations.

Stokes was the co-Chair of the Strategic Safety Team, chairman of the Idaho Traffic Safety Commission, and was significantly 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 goals, 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.

He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Brigham Young University, and before ITD he worked for a private Idaho engineering firm for eight years developing community public works projects and regional commercial developments.

The Idaho Transportation Board announced Stokes as the next ITD Director on October 1, 2021, replacing Brian Ness as Director when Ness retired on May 28, 2022.

The Stokes name is revered at ITD, as Scott’s father, Eldon Stokes, was ITD’s maintenance foreman in the Salmon shed for decades, and was the department’s Maintenance Person of the Year during his tenure.

 


Dan McElhinney
Chief Deputy | Chief Operations Officer – Dan McElhinney

Dan McElhinney became ITD’s Chief Deputy in late May 2022, replacing Scott Stokes in the position when Stokes ascended to Director. McElhinney became the department’s Chief Operations Officer after coming to ITD from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in August 2020 after 32 years there.

As the Chief Operations Officer, 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.

Dan came to ITD with a wealth of experience. During his career, he dealt with many issues that the department is facing now such as rapid growth, innovative contracting and autonomous vehicles. He demonstrated a history of seeing tough projects through to the finish line, and bringing diverse stakeholder groups together.

At Caltrans, he had recently served as District 10 Director in Stockton, 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. 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. Previously he was a Deputy District Director/Principal Manager of the Caltrans North Region of 22 counties.

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.

 


Brenda_Williams
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.

 


Mollie McCarty
Chief External Affairs Officer – Mollie McCarty
Mollie McCarty was appointed to the Idaho Transportation Department’s executive team as the first Chief External Affairs Officer in November of 2021, after 23 years with the department in communication and governmental affairs positions. From 2008 to 2021, McCarty led the department’s policy and government relations efforts during several key transportation initiatives including Governor Otter’s 2011 Task Force on Modernizing Transportation Funding and the Idaho Legislature’s 2015 transportation revenue enhancement.

McCarty also served the department from 1998 to 2008 as Public Information Officer for the southwest Idaho district during the first and second construction stages of the WYE Interchange in the Treasure Valley.

Prior to her service at the transportation department, McCarty managed public relations projects at advertising agency Elgin Syferd Drake (now Drake Cooper). She also worked in television and radio news broadcasting for 10 years, starting as a reporter and advancing to anchor. Her last seven years were in Boise at CBS affiliate KBOI TV.

McCarty holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., with a broadcast emphasis.

 


Dave Tolman
Chief Administrative Officer – Dave Tolman
Longtime ITD financial Controller Dave Tolman became the department’s new Chief Administrative Officer, replacing retiring Charlene McArthur. Tolman has worked in state government for 32 years, including the last 20 years with ITD as Controller. He will oversee the department’s Business and Support Management unit, plus Financial Services, Financial Planning and Analysis, and Internal Review.

Tolman has been responsible for financial reporting, revenues, expenditures, payroll, and cost accounting. For the past two decades, Dave has been the finance lead for the GARVEE and TECM bonding programs and is knowledgeable in business processes and policies for all ITD programs.

Beyond his role at ITD, Tolman currently serves on the State Controller’s Office Fiscal Policy Advisory Committee, Access Idaho Steering Committee for the State of Idaho, and AASHTO’s standing Committee on Funding and Finance. Nationally, he is well known for his financial acumen and is the sought-after expert in GARVEE bonding activities across the country.

Prior to joining the department, Dave worked for the Idaho Division of Financial Management and the Idaho State Controller’s Office. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Brigham Young University and a Masters of Business Administration from Boise State University.

Tolman steps in as the new CAO at a crucial time, providing valuable experience and guidance in the investment and utilization of additional funds provided by the Governor and Idaho Legislature to modernize Idaho’s transportation system and help deliver on an unprecedented program.

 

News

Videos

April 2022 – ITD In Motion Video

This month for ITD in motion, we cover National Work Zone Awareness Week.



December 2021 – ITD In Motion Video


  • July 2021 – ITD In Motion Video – In this edition of ITD In Motion . . . fire safety, the new Idaho 511, and how you can comment on the draft Idaho Transportation Investment Program.
  • June 2021 – ITD In Motion Video The warm summer months are here, more people are traveling Idaho’s highways, and the 100 Deadliest Days on the road are off to a tragic start. At least 25 people have lost their lives in crashes since Memorial Day weekend.
  • April 2021 – ITD In Motion Video – In this edition of ITD In Motion, an inside look at the Division of Aeronautic’s brand new space, how you can plan ahead for the Star Card deadline, and a reminder to watch out for spring hazards on Idaho highways.

August 2020

August 14, 2020 – A safety reminder from District 4’s Schoolcraft, mining Idaho crash data, and I-84 bridge slide.


July 2020

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

June 2020

  • 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 2020

  • 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 2020

  • 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

Innovation

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

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.

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

Traffic Incident Mgmt

Traffic Incident Management in Idaho

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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

Contacts

  • Chris Loffer | Chris.Loffer@dhw.idaho.gov | 208-846-7626 | State Communication
  • Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) | 208-334-8414

Excellence Awards

Personnel awards are the focus of the Excellence in Transportation awards, rather than the project awards. Projects are featured prominently in the partnering awards. With many deserving candidates, there’s the possibility of more than one winner in many of the categories.

Winners were announced at the Idaho Transportation Board meeting in February 2022.
Nomination forms provide the requirements and judging criteria for each award. The nomination period for these awards is currently closed.

Award categories, entry criteria and forms in Word format:

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2021 Excellence in Construction Partnering Award Winners


Partnering – It’s Just Good Business!

What occurs with good construction project partnering?

  • Efficient resolution of issues and project closeout
  • Enhanced Work Zone Safety of the team and public awareness
  • Higher levels of trust and personal satisfaction
  • Increased collaboration between all stakeholders
  • Delivering a quality project as a team

For questions contact the Partnering Sponsors:

AASHTO Presidents Awards

ITD District Locations
ITD District Locations
Since the first win in 1993, the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) has taken special pride in recognition earned from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in their annual awards. It is a chance to measure ITD against the other state departments of transportation in the region and across the country. It’s the rare competition where the size of the budget for construction, outreach or marketing does not count against a small, mostly rural state like Idaho.

The AASHTO President’s Awards are considered the highest achievable honor for state departments of transportation. Since 2010, ITD has won 20 of them, more than any other state. Proof positive that we are consistently producing great projects on behalf of the taxpayers of Idaho. Below are the most recent of the national President’s awards, followed by a listing of the earlier honors. Twenty-three awards so far, with many more still to come.

2020 & 2021 AASHTO President’s Awards

  

2021 President's Award for Environment

2021 AASHTO Presidents Award for Environment
District 4 | Building Wildlife Sanctuaries
A pair of bridges constructed on US-20 in south-central Idaho replaced culverts over Willow and Rock Creek, remedied the failing multi-plate metal culverts that prohibited fish spawning and wildlife migration for decades, and restored wildlife habitats and streams for safe fish passage under the highway. The project also addressed vehicle-wildlife collisions by building animal crossings into the design of the bridges. The Rock Creek bridge section of US-20 saw 64 vehicle-wildlife collisions over the last five years. Idaho Fish & Game and ITD installed game cameras to monitor the environmental benefits of the projects, and within a few months, fish were discovered swimming upstream to spawn, and multiple deer (and a moose) were seen traveling along the channels under the bridges.

2021 President's Award for Highways

2021 AASHTO Presidents Award for Highways
District 1 | Pennsylvania Ave. Overpass
ITD replaced two concrete bridges carrying Interstate 90 traffic over Pennsylvania Avenue in Coeur d’Alene with one bridge. The project used Accelerated Bridge Construction methods, which simplified construction and reduced the amount of on-site concrete formwork required. Abutments, piers, and girders were cast off-site in nearby Spokane while work proceeded at the site. Several key changes allowed the bridge to be constructed faster and more effectively. For instance, a high-early strength concrete cut more than 60 days of cure time from the overall project. The bridge provides a great improvement for the community and drivers on the primary route through the largest metro area and tourist destination in north Idaho. The design also allows up to six traffic lanes on I-90 in the future.

2021 President's Award for Traffic Safety

2021 AASHTO Presidents Award for Highway Traffic Safety
District 3 | I-84 Safety, Commerce Enhancement
ITD won this award for the work on Interstate 84 through the Treasure Valley, the most heavily traveled route in the state, which sees more than 130,000 vehicles per day. The work kept travel lanes open and moving, was delivered under budget and on time and utilized a new-to-Idaho method to enhance safety in the construction corridor. That safety provision was a towing service that moved disabled vehicles off the road and out of the travel lanes to keep traffic moving and assist first responders. Law enforcement was averaging 1.5 hours per incident prior to the implementation of the Safety Service Patrol. The service also saved hundreds of hours for the traveling public and millions of dollars for shippers.

2020 President's Award for Environment

2020 AASHTO Presidents Award for Environment
District 4 | Raft River Reversal
Widespread spring flooding caused a three-day closure of the interstate in ITD’s south-central Idaho region and prompted the department to move forward on plans to replace the antiquated Raft River bridges. Hydraulics and sediment studies were already in hand, but the flooding confirmed that something needed to be done. Crews replaced three aging structures, adding 10 feet in height to the bridges to create additional space for excess water to safely pass beneath. Two bridges were on the interstate, and a third ran parallel to the highway on a county route. ITD also worked to keep operations moving and not make construction onerous for nearby farmers and dairies dependent on the county roadway. Another noteworthy aspect of the project was the addition of wildlife fencing. At the request of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, ITD put up fencing in the area that abuts the Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge. This fence helps funnel animals to the bridge where they can safely cross underneath the structures as opposed to over the interstate. The crossing was an additional benefit of having more clearance under the bridges.

2020 President's Award for Highways

2020 AASHTO Presidents Award for Highways
District 2 | Transforming Malfunction Jct.
The intersection of US-12, 21st Street, E Main Street, and G Street in Lewiston is the busiest in the entire region, with more than 50,000 vehicles per day using the intersection. Many of those are commercial vehicles. In the past five years, there were 34 crashes at the intersection, including rear-end crashes, head-on crashes and sideswipes. In addition to heavy truck traffic from industrial mills east of the intersection, nearby businesses generate significant traffic. The location is also a gateway to workers and patrons of the area’s largest employers, so it plays an important role in the community, and is a significant economic driver in the region. This area was reconstructed weeks ahead of time, delivering a needed benefit to the road user more quickly than anticipated. Since reopening, it has already greatly improved traffic flow and reduced delays.
    ITD District Locations
    ITD District Locations
  • 2019 AASHTO President’s Award in Environment, for District 2 US-12 Lochsa Revival
  • 2019 AASHTO President’s Award in Research, for District 3 Swelling Clay of Elephant Butte
  • 2018 AASHTO President’s Award in Environment, for District 4 Big Wood River Bridge project
  • 2018 AASHTO President’s Award in Planning, for Districts 6, 5 & 4, 17 Bridges collaboration
  • 2017 AASHTO President’s Award in Traffic Safety, for District 6 Thornton Interchange
  • 2016 AASHTO President’s Award in Environment, for District 2 osprey nesting platforms
  • 2016 AASHTO President’s Award in Program Excellence, for Idaho’s GARVEE program
  • 2015 AASHTO President’s Award in Environment, for District 2 Spalding Bridge repair
  • 2014 AASHTO President’s Award in Research, to Idaho Freight Study Team
  • 2013 AASHTO President’s Award in Administration, for realignment
  • 2013 AASHTO President’s Award in Aeronautics, for iPad Aviation application
  • 2013 AASHTO President’s Award in Environment, for District 1 US-95 Sand Creek Byway
  • 2011 AASHTO President’s Award in Administration, Wounded Warrior Job Team
  • 2010 AASHTO President’s Award in Highways for District 3 Vista IC design
  • 2010 AASHTO President’s Award in Traffic Safety, for 511 Traveler Info System
  • 2007 AASHTO President’s Award in Environment, for District 6 Henry’s Lake Fish Passages
  • 1998 AASHTO President’s Award in Intermodal Transportation, for Idaho Corridor Planning Guidebook
  • 1993 AASHTO President’s Award in Traffic Safety, to ITD Office of Highway Safety