Construction Services manages the District's construction project program.
Project inspectors and materials testing technicians ensure that
work performed by the District, developers and other organizations
meet strict District standards. In addition, the Division performs maintenance inspections
and maintains records on approximately 560 bridge structures and large pipe culverts in
To achieve these objectives, the Construction Section maintains a dedicated team of
technicians to handle the management, inspection, and testing needs for contracts, projects,
and bridges. Professional engineering consultants and private materials
testing companies are utilized to supplement specific needs. This partnership with private
industry helps Construction insure that quality construction takes place on all
District construction projects.
In accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding, Construction Services works closely with the
Idaho Transportation Department Port of Entry and with local city and county law enforcement
agencies in the enforcement of weight, height and width limits on District roads and bridges.
Construction administers and inspects numerous capital construction
contracts issued by the District. This section continues to automate its administrative systems
to include any changes to projects, pay estimates, schedules, and trends.
Construction also continues to work in cooperation with the Idaho Transportation
Department (ITD) by administering federally funded construction contracts that are sponsored
by the District. These projects include railroad crossing improvements, roadway construction,
bridges, and signals.
There are six transportation districts in the state highway department. The local district
is referred to as District III. District III is divided into four regencies that are responsible
for the management of all transportation contracts that the ITD constructs. 15 years ago,
the ACHD entered into an agreement with the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD)
to have the ACHDs Construction Services become a satellite construction Residency by
getting the Inspectors and the materials lab staff qualified by Western Alliance for
Quality Transportation in Construction. Thereby qualifying the ACHD to handle all of the
federally funded construction management contracts that the ACHD sponsors. ACHD's
Construction Services is the only local highway district in Idaho that has this
relationship with the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD)
and the Federal Highway Administration.
The Materials Testing Section maintains a state-of-the-art, state and WAQTC certified
testing laboratory to support the needs of all District departments. The material lab is
committed to improving the durability and longevity of roadways, through comprehensive
testing and utilizing new technology. The Districts radiation safety program is managed
by this group and has received commendations for its training, record keeping, maintenance,
and enforcement of Nuclear Regulatory Commission requirements.
Keeping the public informed about construction activities is always a high priority for
the District. During construction, Construction meets with individuals,
businesses, and organizations to minimize construction inconveniences. Informational
fliers are distributed to keep property owners aware of construction activities. Small
group meetings are conducted to inform and gather citizen comments.