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  • UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018, 1:35 p.m.

    ITD wants to spend $2 million to replace aging state plane

    The Idaho Transportation Department wants to spend $2 million next year to replace one of the airplanes in the state’s three-plane fleet, a 45-year-old Cessna 182.


  • Eye on Boise: Idaho lawmakers wrap up state agency budget-setting, focus on education

    The Legislature’s joint budget committee finished setting state agency budgets on Friday, appropriating more than $3.4 billion for next year, a 5.4 percent increase from this year’s budget.


  • Idaho Transportation Department to pay $52K in fines for asbestos error

    The Idaho Transportation Department has agreed to pay nearly $52,000 in fines for demolishing a Priest River office building that was riddled with asbestos, without taking precautions to keep the …


  • Eye on Boise: ITD picks road projects funded by tax, fee increases

    The Idaho Transportation Board has selected 27 projects, totaling $46.8 million, to complete in 2016 with funding from the recently approved gas tax and registration fee increases. All involve either …


  • Idaho’s new 80 mph speed limit scrutinized

    BOISE – When Idaho lawmakers voted to boost the state’s top speed limit to 80 mph, the focus fell on Southern Idaho where interstate highways link with Utah’s similarly wide, …


  • Idaho landowners battle with state to get land compensation

    Alan Johnson’s company lost 16.3 acres of prime property along U.S. Highway 95 in North Idaho when the state seized it for a new interchange under eminent domain law. Now …


  • Idaho to pay former ITD director $750,000

    BOISE – The state of Idaho is paying $750,000 to former Transportation Director Pam Lowe to settle her wrongful-firing lawsuit, bringing the state’s total cost for the case to $1.34 …


  • UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2012, 5:13 p.m.

    Idaho pays fired ITD chief $750,000

    The state of Idaho is paying $750,000 to former Transportation Director Pam Lowe to settle her wrongful-firing lawsuit, bringing the state’s total cost for the case to $1.34 million.


  • Idaho settles with fired female transportation chief

    The state of Idaho has settled a lawsuit filed by fired former Transportation Director Pam Lowe, who charged she was illegally let go for standing up to political pressure and …


  • Judge’s ruling favors fired ITD director

    BOISE – Fired Idaho Transportation Director Pam Lowe has scored a significant victory in her politically charged wrongful-firing case: U.S. Magistrate Judge Ron Bush ruled that Lowe wasn’t an “at …


  • Fired Idaho transportation director wins key ruling

    U.S. Magistrate Judge Ron Bush has ruled in favor of fired ITD Director Pam Lowe on a key point in her wrongful-firing case: that she wasn’t an “at-will” employee who …


  • Idaho won’t require escorts for oversized loads to mill

    BOISE – The first oversized load hauled by the Nickel Bros. on scenic Highway 12 in north-central Idaho traveled without any state police escorts, and the Idaho Transportation Department now …


  • ITD drops police escort rule for megaloads

    The first Nickel Bros. megaload on scenic Highway 12 in north-central Idaho, which crossed into Montana late Monday night, traveled without any state police escorts – and the Idaho Transportation …


  • Idaho issues permit for pulp mill megaload

    BOISE – The Idaho Transportation Department announced late Wednesday that it had issued a permit for Nickel Bros. transportation company to take its first megaload across U.S. Highway 12 in …


  • Former ITD chief secretly fired, given ‘graceful’ exit

    Former Idaho Transportation Department Director Dave Ekern was secretly fired after a whistleblower’s complaint in 2006 and allowed to “gracefully” depart, claiming he was leaving for another job, according to …


  • ITD fines increase for water violations

    BOISE – The Idaho Transportation Department has agreed to pay more than $1 million in fines for Clean Water Act violations related to construction on Highway 95 south of Coeur …


  • ITD agrees to more than $1M in EPA fines

    The Idaho Transportation Department has agreed to pay more than $1 million in fines for Clean Water Act violations related to construction on Highway 95 south of Coeur d’Alene, including …


  • Eye on Boise: Megaloads may take both route options

    It’s possible that megaloads of oil equipment bound for the Kearl oil sands development in Canada could take both identified routes through Idaho – scenic U.S. Highway 12, where the …


  • Ruling favors megaloads

    BOISE – More than 200 megaloads of Korean-made oil equipment bound for Canada should be given the go-ahead to roll across northern Idaho’s scenic U.S. Highway 12, an Idaho state …


  • ITD board drops 10-minute rule for future megaloads

    BOISE – Idaho’s top transportation officials voted unanimously Thursday to eliminate the state’s 10-minute limit on traffic delays from oversized loads traveling Idaho roads, including megaloads. The Idaho Transportation Department …


  • ITD, oil company happy with megaload test run

    BOISE – A “test module” for proposed oversize loads on U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho made it to Montana this week, but it took weeks to arrive and caused …


  • Report: Route prized by hauler

    BOISE – A 2009 report by the company that proposed to haul more than 200 giant loads of oil equipment on scenic U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho said the …


  • First megaload to roll Feb. 1

    BOISE – Idaho will let four ConocoPhillips megaloads of oil equipment start traveling U.S. Highway 12 on Feb. 1, Idaho Transportation Director Brian Ness announced Tuesday. “I am convinced the …


  • Review OKs application process for four mega-loads

    BOISE – A hearing officer recommended Tuesday that the Idaho Transportation Department issue four permits to allow ConocoPhillips to ship oversized oil-refinery equipment from Idaho to Montana. In his 57-page …


  • Initial ruling helps ex-ITD director

    BOISE – A federal judge has issued a proposed order siding with fired Idaho Transportation Department Director Pam Lowe on a key point in her wrongful-firing lawsuit – that she …


  • Preliminary ruling favors fired ITD director

    A federal judge has issued a proposed order siding with fired Idaho Transportation Director Pam Lowe on a key point in her wrongful-firing lawsuit, her argument that she wasn’t an …


  • Big loads decision likely by Christmas

    BOISE – ConocoPhillips painted a picture of years of quiet, painstaking work to plan for the safe transport of four mega-loads of oil equipment across a winding, scenic north-central Idaho …


  • Idaho roads need $543 million more

    BOISE – Idaho needs to spend $543 million more a year on its roads, Gov. Butch Otter’s transportation task force decided Tuesday, and the top ways it should raise the …


  • ITD issues permits for first four Highway 12 megaloads

    The Idaho Transportation Department has issued permits today for the first four mega-loads proposed for U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho, but the four giant truckloads won’t roll just yet. …


  • Idaho justices hear mega-loads case

    Idaho Supreme Court justices had lots of questions today as they heard arguments on whether the Idaho Transportation Department violated its own regulations in approving permits for four giant truckloads …