Idaho Transportation Department
|Idaho Transportation Department (ITD)|
|Preceding agencies||Idaho Highway Commission
Idaho Department of Highways
|Headquarters||3311 W. State St Boise, Idaho|
|Agency executives||Brian Ness, Executive Director
Scott Stokes, Deputy Director
|Parent Agency||State of Idaho|
The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is the State of Idaho governmental organization responsible for the current transportation infrastructure. This includes ongoing operations and maintenance as well as planning for future needs of the state and its citizens. The agency is responsible for overseeing the disbursement of federal, state, and grant funding for the transportation programs of the state.
Idaho's transportation system consists of more than 60,000 miles (97,000 km) of roads, 4,000 bridges, 1,887 miles (3,037 km) of rail lines, 125 public airports, and the Port of Lewiston. The transportation department has the responsibility for almost 5,000 miles (8,000 km) of highway (or nearly 12,000 lane miles), more than 1,700 bridges, and 30 airstrips. The agency is also responsible for 30 rest areas and 10 interstate ports of entry.
In 1913 the Idaho State Legislature created the State Highway Commission. The group consisted of the Secretary of State, the State Engineer and three other members to be appointed by the governor. The Commission was empowered to:
- plan, build and maintain new state highways
- alter, improve or discontinue any state highway
- purchase, condemn, or otherwise obtain necessary easements
- have general supervision of all highways within the state
- expend the fund created for the construction, maintenance and improvement of state highways
- maintain and improve state highways
- make and enforce rules
- employ a Chief Engineer and assistants
- supervise registration of vehicles
- keep a complete record of all activities and expenses
In 1919, the Commission was abolished and its functions were transferred to a Bureau of Highways in the Department of Public Works. A property tax was enacted by the Legislature to fund roads for the state and bonds were issued to build a highway system.
In 1951, the Idaho Department of Highways was reorganized and placed under the direction of a governing Board. In 1974, the Idaho Department of Highways became the Idaho Transportation Department. The Department of Motor Vehicles originally reported to the Idaho Department of Law Enforcement, but was transferred to ITD in 1982.
ITD is organized into five divisions and six support offices. The agency serves under an appointed seven member Idaho Transportation Board. This panel establishes state transportation policy and guides the planning, development and management of the Idaho transportation network. The Board is appointed by the governor and represents each of the six regional districts. A seventh member is appointed as chairman of the board.
- The Aeronautics Division is located in Boise. It plans and implements essential programs, services and projects relating to the state’s system of airports and air services.
- Highways Division is divided into six geographic districts. This division is responsible for highway safety, development and operations.
- Motor Vehicles Division
- Planning Division
- Public Transportation Division
- Budget Policy and Intergovernmental Relations Office
- Internal Review Office
- Public Affairs Office
- Administration Office
- Enterprise Technology Services Office
- Civil Rights Office
- District 1 : Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, and Shoshone Counties. Headquartered in Coeur d'Alene.
- District 2 : Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis, and Nez Perce Counties. Headquartered in Lewiston.
- District 3 : Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley, and Washington Counties. Headquartered in Boise.
- District 4 : Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, and Twin Falls Counties. Headquartered in Shoshone.
- District 5 : Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, and Power Counties. Headquartered in Pocatello.
- District 6 : Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, and Teton Counties. Headquartered in Rigby.
- ITD Executive Team Biographies accessed 2 April 2009
- FAQ, ITD, 2007, retrieved 2007-04-22, "The transportation department also oversees federal grants to 15 rural and urban public transportation systems, provides state rail planning and rail-project development and supports bicycle and pedestrian projects."
- Idaho's highway history, 1863-1975, Boise, ID: Idaho Transportation Department, 1985, pp. 36, 62, OCLC 11855599
- Inside the Idaho Transportation Department (2005 draft), Boise, ID: Idaho Transportation Department, 2005, pp. 16–17