POST FALLS HIGHWAY DISTRICT (PFHD) is a stand-alone governmental agency that began as Pleasant View Highway District in 1911. The very first entry in District minutes was made October 9, 1911 by a petition filed with the Clerk of the Kootenai County Board of Commissioners "praying for the organization of a highway district as provided in Chapter 55, Idaho Sessions Laws of 1911". Idaho Governor, James J. Hawley, appointed Charles Waggoner, E.A. Michael and W.F. Plonske as commissioners on November 15, 1911. The Road Director made $3.50 per day; general workers earned $2.00 per day and the secretary would earn $7.50 per month.
In May 1971, the existing eight Highway Districts were dissolved by the County Board of Commissioners. Four new sections were created and designated as One, Two, Three and Four. An order signed May 16, 1971 at 12:01 PM declared section One to be Post Falls Highway District. The other sections became known as Lakes Highway District, East Side Highway District and Worley Highway District.
There are many municipalities and organizations that assist the District and in turn, the District assists them. The federal organization, Local Highway Technical Assistance Counsel along with the T2 center, Idaho Transportation Department, Kootenai County, numerous city entities, fire departments, law enforcement agencies, engineering firms and assorted private businesses make up the District's contacts and partners for the successful and smooth operations of road building and maintenance projects.
As a governing agency, the District is responsible for construction and maintenance of all public right-of-ways within the District's boundaries. The District's legal authority is
based upon the laws of the State of Idaho, Title 40 of Idaho Code. We consist of a three member board, one Commissioner is elected for each sub-district. Our administrative staff consists of a Road Supervisor, District Clerk, one full-time and one part-time staff. Our road worriers, our crew, consist of the Assistant Road Supervisor, two mechanics, a crew Foreman and 11 crew members. The District also employs seasonal help in the summer. All road worriers work all aspects of the job, from ditch digging and flagging to heavy equipment and snow plow operation.
DISTRICT FACTS AT A GLANCE
-Area - Approximately 130 sq. miles with approximately 81,542.26 acres.
-Miles of Roadway Maintained - 191.193
-Bridges Maintained - Spokane Street Bridge and Harbor Island
-Culverts and Dry Wells Maintained - Approximately 753
-Number of Signs - Approximately 2,521
-There are 7 cities located within PFHD that share the District's property tax base.
-Population - According to the 2010 U.S. Census, total population within the
jurisdictional boundaries of Post Falls Highway District is 54,224 with 10,844
of those in the unincorporated area.