Transportation

Monday’s storm breaks record, plays role in nearly 150 crashes

Dec 16th, 2015 | By
Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal
Roy Hall of J & J Auto Body prepares a repair estimate on front-end damage to a car that happened during this week’s snowstorm.

By Kendra Evensen This week’s storm broke a daily maximum snowfall record in the Pocatello area and played a role in nearly 150 wrecks in southeast Idaho. Travis Wyatt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service forecast office in Pocatello, said 5.6 inches of snow fell near the Pocatello Regional Airport on Monday, which broke
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AAA: New transportation bills won’t fix everything

Dec 14th, 2015 | By

AAA Idaho Press Release   But Idaho and Congressional action paves part of the way to long-term solutions   BOISE – (Dec. 11, 2015) After years of short-term patches and extensions, Congress this past week agreed to a long-term, bipartisan surface transportation bill, one which will provide $281 billion for transportation program spending over five
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ISU students capture story of Garrett Freightlines

Dec 10th, 2015 | By

By Michael H. O’Donnell modonnell@journalnet.com POCATELLO — At its peak, Garrett Freightlines employed about 1,000 people in Pocatello, and its trucking delivery system spanned from California to Minnesota — the fifth largest freight line in the nation. It was a trucking empire that had been started in the shadow of Pocatello’s growing railroad presence back
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State installs variable speed-limit signs on I-15

Dec 10th, 2015 | By
Submitted photo
The Idaho Transportation Department has been installing variable speed-limit signs on Interstate 15 north of Osgood. Officials hope the signs, which can be lowered wirelessly in areas susceptible to dust storms, will help prevent vehicle pileups like this one that occurred in 2007.

By Kendra Evensen Drivers traveling on Interstate 15 north of Osgood in Bonneville County will have to pay closer attention to speed limits in the future. That’s because they could change throughout the day depending on weather conditions. The Idaho Transportation Department has been installing solar-powered variable-speed signs that it can lower wirelessly when an
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Malad ITD foreman tops state for tackling winter roads

Nov 18th, 2015 | By
Doug_Thorpe

By Journal Staff MALAD — When it comes to keeping Southeast Idaho roads clear in the winter, Malad area maintenance foreman for the Idaho Transportation Department, Doug Thorpe, sets the gold standard. The state Transportation Department initiated its Winter Performance Measures in the fall of 2011 to enhance winter maintenance, improve safety and reduce costs.
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Idaho fuel prices drop close to national average

Nov 13th, 2015 | By

By Journal Staff For nearly two months, Idahoans have been stuck with paying far more than the average U.S. citizen at the gas pump. That’s no longer the case. According to AAA, the Gem State’s average gas prices have dropped to the point in which they’re nearly level with the national average. Idaho’s average price
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Charging forward: INL compiles data on electric vehicle use

Oct 22nd, 2015 | By
MICHAEL O’DONNELL/IDAHO STATE JOURNAL

   Group leader for the electric vehicle research at the Idaho National Laboratory John Smart plugs in an electric car at the research facility located in Idaho Falls.

By  Michael H. O’Donnell modonnell@journalnet.com IDAHO FALLS — For five years, researchers at the Idaho National Laboratory have been tracking how and when the owners of electric vehicles in the U.S. plug in and hit the road. The research effort watched the habits of 8,300 different electric vehicle owners — those with Chevy Volts or
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Idaho still waiting for REAL ID extension

Oct 15th, 2015 | By

By KIMBERLEE KRUESI Associated Press BOISE — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has not responded to Idaho’s latest request for an extension from enforcing tougher federal ID requirements for those who want access to certain federal buildings and eventually commercial flights, according to the Idaho Transportation Department. This means Idaho is in a temporary
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Officials credit diamond design for fewer crashes at I-86 interchange

Oct 8th, 2015 | By
DOUG LINDLEY/IDAHO STATE JOURNAL

   Officials say the new Interstate 86 diverging diamond interchange in Chubbuck is safer than the interchange it replaced.

By DEBBIE BRYCE For the Journal CHUBBUCK — Corey Krantz, a traffic engineer with the Idaho Transportation Department, said the continuous left-flow design at the intersection of Interstate 86 and Yellowstone Avenue in Chubbuck has reduced crashes at the intersection since its opening more than a year ago. The diverging diamond interchange, built by Ralph
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Large load moving through eastern Idaho

Oct 7th, 2015 | By
SUBMITTED PHOTO

   An oversized load travels along its route in east Idaho on Tuesday. The load will travel through eastern and southern Idaho on its way to Bear River, Utah.

By Journal Staff RIGBY — A large load entered Idaho on Tuesday morning and will move through eastern and southern Idaho. Motorists can expect brief delays. The oversized load entered from Montana and will travel to Ashton on U.S. Highway 20, stopping in the Chester area south of Ashton until resuming travel after midnight. Headed
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