The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Department of Transportation (SBTDOT) has a mission to develop, deliver and operate comprehensive, reliable and responsive transportation facilities and services on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. By providing comprehensive transportation services, we enhance the ability of our community/members to receive services, education and address their needs, in a safe and efficient manner, while also enhancing tribal sovereignty and jurisdiction through community operated tribal programs and self-determination opportunities.
The Shoshone-Bannock Transportation Department main function is to service and maintain the Tribal road system.
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Well the TBC Repave Project is finally done. After a little over 2 months it is finally complete. Major problems with very unstable soil caused extensive excavation of nearly 4' of material. Geotextile fabric and grid had to be installed to cope with the soil. The project was completed with all in house Tribal staff which kept cost to a minimum. This project would have been very costly if contracted out. With all the infrastructure under the parking lot and extensive excavation it was completed in a timely manner considering the amount of work involved. The parking lot should last for years to come. View the time lapse video to see the project start to finish.
Waste Isolation Pilot Plan (WIPP) Road Show
At Fort Hall, Idaho
In preparation for the resumption of shipments of transuranic (TRU) waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), located near Carlsbad, New Mexico, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Carlsbad Field Office is supporting “road shows” sponsored by Tribal and State authorities along the transportation routes to WIPP. Shipments to WIPP were suspended in February 2014 when two unrelated incidents, an underground salt haul truck fire and a radiological release that occurred as a result of a chemical reaction in a waste drum, caused the temporary closure of the facility. WIPP officially reopened in January of 2017 and shipments from TRU waste generator sites across the DOE complex are expected to resume in April 2017.
Since it began in 1999, the WIPP transportation program has maintained an excellent safety record, attributable in large part to the strict driver qualifications, rigorous inspection requirements for trucks, trailers and packages; use of Type B containers certified by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and the close coordination and planning with states and tribes that goes into preparation for shipping.
The road shows are open to the public and are intended to provide local elected officials, members of the public and the media with an opportunity for an up-close look at the truck, trailer and TRUPACT-II shipping packages and a chance to learn more about the rigorous WIPP transportation protocols designed to ensure the safe transport of TRU waste. WIPP representatives, inspectors from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, local emergency response personnel and the truck drivers will be on hand and available to provide information and answer questions on the WIPP transportation system.
The first road show will be held on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation at the Shoshone Bannock Department of Public Safety Building, located at 30 East Ross Fork Road (directly across the road from the Hotel & Event Center), on Monday March 27, 2017 from 0800 to 1000 hours. Refreshments will be served.
Please come and meet the professionals who are responsible for the safe transport operations associated with the WIPP shipping campaign.