Have you met us? If you have, you know that ACHD has a lot of really great things going on. Every season, every year, 367.5 employees doing amazing work every day.
But that’s not always what people hear about us.
In order to share even more great ACHD stories with you, we have started a blog. The blog will be located on the homepage on our website, and you can easily be alerted to new posts by following us on Twitter.
The blog will also be the new home of the weekly Road Wizard column. Due to budget cuts, you will no longer see the Road Wizard in the local newspapers. You will still be able to find the Road Wizard on our website (both on the blog and on the Road Wizard page), as well as on ACHD social media accounts. Tightening up a budget can be painful, but we think this will be a great way to keep the much-loved column going.
I cannot let this introductory opportunity go by without giving you a couple of fun facts about ACHD that you probably didn’t know. To start, we are a county highway district who has jurisdiction over the roadways in six cities (not counting state highways, the interstate, and the connector). That is a lot of lane miles to take care of! To give you an idea, we have so many lane miles that you could drive to Washington D.C. and back, and still have room for a quick jaunt up to McCall and back on the miles of roadway we maintain. And that number is growing every year.
We are the only entity of our kind in the country (to the best of our knowledge). There are other highway districts, but they do not cover as many jurisdictions. And while we have our share of naysayers and supporters, but ACHD has continually produced results that have ranked the quality of Ada County roadways as some of the best in the northwest, and even the country. You need only leave the comfort of your Ada County backyard or even the state to prove my point.
That’s just a little bit about we spend our days (and sometimes nights.) But at the end of every day, ACHD employees are your neighbors. When road construction has snarled traffic on your commute to work in the morning, know that it has snarled the commute for many ACHD employees as well. We live here, we work here, and we are facing the same issues as a community that you are.
One final note—we want to hear from you. Tell us what you’d like more information about, what you are curious about, and what keeps you up at night (as long as it pertains to transportation infrastructure!) We will do our best to answer those questions, and we hope you will be surprised by what you learn.
Chief Communication Officer
Ada County Highway District