January 24, 2008

Idaho Transportation Department

On a special hour-long edition of Dialogue, Marcia Franklin talks with the two top leaders of the Idaho Transportation Department, Pamela Lowe and Darrell Manning, about the ITD's current fiscal needs.

The Idaho Transportation Board has identified a $200 million ongoing funding deficit for the Idaho Transportation Department. This session lawmakers will consider options such as increasing vehicle registration fees to help remedy the situation, which comes despite a nearly $1 billion dollar bonding plan over five years to accelerate road construction using anticipated federal highway funds.

Lowe became Director of the Idaho Transportation Department in January, 2007. She began her ITD career in 1993 as a construction associate, and then was promoted through many positions, including planning services manager, regional engineer, District 3 engineer and administrator of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Manning, a former Adjutant General of the Idaho National Guard, is the current chair of the Idaho Transportation Board. The first director of the Idaho Transportation Department in 1974, Manning is also a former lawmaker. He has served the state in many capacities, including chief of the Bureau of Disaster Services and director of the Idaho Aeronautics Department.