7/22/2016

District 1
Brown and Palmer combine on chute innovation that could save up to $48,000 for district
There are a handful of tasks every ITD maintenance shop gets intimately familiar with each year -- sealing roadway cracks is on that short list. Dave Palmer and Gerry Brown in District 1 have made the task easier and more efficient.

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Idaho Transportation Board
Transportation board meets July 27-28 in north Idaho for district tour and business meeting
The Idaho Transportation Board will tour several businesses in northern Idaho and recognize Boundary County for its commitment to “Toward Zero Deaths” on Idaho’s roads during its monthly meeting July 27-28 in Coeur d‘Alene. The board also will meet with the mayors of Sandpoint, Kellogg and Bonners Ferry, along with officials from cities and road districts across the area.

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District 5
Accelerated Weigh-in-Motion installation in District 5 nears completion
Expected to be operational by September, the installation of weigh-in-motion technology in southeastern Idaho is fast-tracking benefits that extend not only to the commercial vehicles using the scales, but also to the general motoring public and the economies involved.

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Child Passenger Safety
ATVs and UTVs are not for children
Off-road vehicles are not safe for transporting children, cautions Idaho Child Passenger Safety Statewide Coordinator Carma McKinnon. While popular with families across the country for both recreation and work purposes, ATVs and UTVs are simply not designed to keep children onboard safe.

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Information Technology
Cybersecurity Risks in Transportation
A year ago, security researcher Chris Roberts grabbed headlines for hacking an airplane. Details are a little murky, with an FBI affidavit asserting that Roberts hacked a plane in-flight, causing it to veer off course – a claim that plane manufacturer Boeing and aviation adamantly denied as humanly possible.

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Enterprise Technology Services
ITD begins new program to standardize its mobile phone use department-wide
A new program designed to standardize smart-phone use throughout the Idaho Transportation Department begins the first week in August. The program, called Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), enables authorized ITD employees to use their own phones instead of devices issued by the department.

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Public Transportation
ITD Public Transportation office visits eastern Idaho
ITD’s Public Transportation office visited eastern Idaho in mid-July, conducting several inspections of purchased capital and meeting with some of the system users.

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USDOT
Encore (07-15-16): Improvements to U.S. 95's north corridor awarded $5.1 million USDOT grant
The United States Department of Transportation awarded $5.1 million for the upcoming U.S. 95 north corridor access improvements. The FASTLANE grant, which must still be approved by Congress, represents a significant portion of the estimated $8.5 million that the improvements are estimated to cost.

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District 5
Encore (07-15-16): D5 steps up to advance needed projects during funding window
Taking advantage of a surplus when lower-than-expected asphalt prices created significant savings in the department's construction program, the District 5 office and a former member now in District 6 collaborated to advance a trio of interstate pavement-preservation projects.

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