Government, Business

Idaho Transportation Department Collects Comments on Truck-Weight Issue

Dairy hauler The three applications were filed by dairy haulers for the purpose of transporting milk. (New York Department of Agriculture and Markets)

The Idaho Transportation Department is accepting public comments on applications to allow trucks weighing up to 129,000 pounds to travel on segments of three routes.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 19, 2020
Government, Business

Charges Reduced for Three Truck Drivers Hauling Legal Hemp Through Idaho

Industrial hemp plants An industrial hemp plant. (Minnesota Department of Agriculture)

Three truck drivers arrested on felony marijuana trafficking charges in the past 18 months for hauling loads of legal hemp through Idaho have agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanors in return for suspended jail sentences and fines.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 24, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Idaho Infrastructure Faces Multibillion-Dollar Shortfall, ASCE Indicates

Idaho sign Trevor Huxton/Flickr

Idaho received a C- on the American Society of Civil Engineers’ most recent infrastructure report card, and state transportation officials are willing to weigh funding mechanisms in order to finance needed maintenance and repairs.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 25, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

Idaho Hack May Have Revealed Truckers’ Personal Data

Truck on a snowy Idaho highway A truck on a snowy Idaho highway. The personal information of more than 100 truck drivers in the state may have been compromised in mid-December. (Tom Brandt/Flickr)

The personal information of more than 100 truck drivers may have been compromised during a recent hack of two Idaho Transportation Department e-mail accounts.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 14, 2018
Government, Business

AASHTO Announces New Leaders, Transportation Award Winners

Boulder turnpike American Council of Engineering Companies, Colorado, via YouTube

The Departments of Transportation of both Colorado and Idaho were honored as top winners at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ annual meeting Sept. 27.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 27, 2017
Government, Business, Technology

Idaho Weigh-in-Motion Sensors Save Industry $3.5 Million

Trucks on an Idaho highway Trucks on a highway near Boise, Idaho. (Idaho Department of Commerce — Flickr)

Weigh-in-motion systems dispersed across four ports of entry in Idaho saved the trucking industry $3.5 million from July 2016 to June 2017, according to a report from the state’s Department of Transportation.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 5, 2017

Idaho Receives Federal Emergency Funds to Fix Flood-Damaged Roads

Idaho transportation officials will receive $1.25 million from the Federal Highway Administration to assist in the repair of roads and bridges damaged by recent floods, the federal transportation agency announced this month.

May 30, 2017

Idaho Could Get Two Major Highway 95 Projects Under New Transportation Bill

Trevor Huxham/Flickr

Two major construction projects on U.S. Highway 95 in North Idaho are at the top of the list for funding if Gov. Butch Otter signs a major transportation bill that lawmakers passed in the closing days of this year’s legislative session.

Betsy Z. Russell | The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.)
April 10, 2017

Idaho Needs to Open Roads to More, Heavier Trucks, Trucking Companies Say

Trevor Huxham/Flickr

Jon Andrus, vice president of fleet management for Doug Andrus Distributing in Idaho Falls, said Idaho is behind the times and needs to open up more roads to heavier trucks, like those he would like to use in Latah County on U.S. Highway 95 and sections of State Highways 3 and 8.

Garrett Cabeza | Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Moscow, Idaho)
April 3, 2017

Heavier Trucks Worry Some Idaho Residents

Marko Forsten/Flickr

Latah County, Idaho, residents who showed up to a public hearing March 21 held by the Idaho Transportation Department were largely opposed to a proposal that would allow trucks up to 129,000 pounds on U.S. Highway 95 and sections of state Highways 3 and 8 in the county.

Garrett Cabeza | Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Moscow, Idaho)
March 22, 2017