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The Road Wizard appears in The Idaho Statesman, the Kuna Melba News and the Valley Times each week to explore local transportation matters. He tries to find out why situations occur and what is being done about them. The Wizard's column is a public service provided by ACHD.

If you have a question for the Wiz, e-mail it to or mail it to the Road Wizard, 3775 Adams St., Garden City, ID 83714. You may include photos of a particular situation, but photos cannot be returned.

Selected Year: 2017

April 09 - A single vehicle on Royal Boulevard won't stop Capitol Boulevard motorists; reader suggests using hazard lights to signal U-turns; Lake Hazel extension to Cole Road insufficient reason to remove stop for Maple Grove Road drivers at Desert Avenue

April 02 - Signal timing at Front and 6th streets in Boise was changed to improve traffic flow on Front; speed limit sign requested for Spangler Place in Eagle; new lane lines on Veterans Memorial Parkway causing confusion despite fresh paint

March 26 - Old lane lines reappear on Veterans Memorial Parkway heading to State Street and cause confusion; speeding prompts speed bump hopes for Artesian Road in Eagle; were the new stop signs on Allumbaugh Street put in place for the new apartments?

March 19 - Request for speed bump on Apricot Drive at the entry of the Solterra Subdivision; obsolete "NO Outlet" sign at Paint Drive and Kanaka Way; signal requested at Allumbaugh Street and Fairview Avenue

March 12 - Cyclist deals with sandy shoulders on Five Mile Road and Emerald Street; the reason for appearance of stop signs on Shaw Mountain Road at Shenandoah Drive; differing speed limits on 27th and 28th streets detailed

March 05 - Reader searches for reason behind sudden stop signs on Camelot Drive and Allumbaugh Street in Boise; do road agencies automatically close right-turn lanes before an intersection when the lane disappears on the other side?

February 26 - Misspelled yield sign replaced at 9th and Jefferson streets; ACHD is two weeks into traction sand pickup; left-turning driver on Idaho 44 heading to southbound Eagle Road asks for more green time

February 19 - Closed-lane adjustment on Front Street in Downtown Boise; no more "No Parking" signs for Magic View Drive at Allen Street in Meridian

February 12 - Should the closed section of Warm Springs Avenue below the Warm Springs Mesa be closed permanently? Weather creates inverted speed bump on Jefferson Street between 5th and 6th streets in Boise

February 05 - Signal request for Eagle Road/Presidential Drive; Highplace Place is really a "Lane" in Star; drivers needs to watch for pedestrians before cross traffic at Road Meadows Drive and Five Mile Road

January 29 - Private streets and snow -- will a government agency step in? Fear of delays for employees leaving new Simplot headquarters in Downtown Boise.

January 22 - Concern about snow-and-ice covered sidewalks and pedestrians, weather-related trench trouble on Meridian Road between Ustick and McMillan roads; readers thank ACHD for working hard to clear snow-covered residential roads

January 15 - ACHD plows reach neighborhoods and review underway for possible quicker responses; snow-covered lane lines likely messed with signal at Edgewood Lane and Idaho 44; debate over use of asphalt or concrete at heavy traffic locations

January 08 - ACHD plows major residential streets in response to 30-year storm event; the reason ice rings form around manholes; ACHD loath to consider landscaped media on Parkcenter Boulevard for simply looks