Road Wizard Archive List

The Road Wizard appears in The Idaho Statesman 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. 

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Road Wizard Archive - 2006

December 31  School zone signs, Meridian/Overland rebuild, Maple Grove/Fairview right turns

December 24  Maple Grove Road closure, sight lines at the Five Mile Road RR crossing

December 17  Interim signal installations, signal at Cole/Amity, Maple Grove widening sign

December 10  Lost free-running rights, State/28th clear zone, tale of two 36th Streets

December 3  New signal at Amity/Ten Mile, Ten Mile widening, Meridian projects update

November 26  Driver's Ed (graduate course), blocked Bogus Basin sign, BSU parking

November 19  New median on Locust Grove at Fairview, signal timing on weekends

November 12  8th Street signal timing, Capitol Boulevard restriping, signal at Ustick/Meridian

November 5   Update on Maple Grove (Fairview to Franklin), traffic cams, four-way stops

October 29   STOP signs at Kimball/Irving, turn signal at Discovery Way, deceleration lanes

October 22   Merging onto State Street from VMP, Cabela's traffic, smoother RR crossings

October 15   Bicycle detection at signals, work in the right-of-way, proper signaling space

October 8   Sidewalk obstacles, Three Cities River Crossing recommendation

October 1   Emergency service pre-empts at Eagle/Franklin, backups on State Street

September 24  Railroad crossing at Milwaukee/Franklin, interim signals on Five Mile Road

September 17  Scooters on the Connector, placing detector loops, signal at Victory/Meridian

September 10  Trucks and Interstate speeds, morning commute on Eagle Road ...

September 3  Road closure signage, trucks and uncovered loads, I-84 markers

August 27   Status reports on Maple Grove widening, Locust Grove overpass and widening

August 20   Carol Street, Signal at Fred Meyers, State/Glenwood ruts

August 13   Bumpy RR crossing at Amity/Enterprise, good and bad roadway patches

August 6    Maple Grove extension status, best drive time to BSU, sidewalk issues

July 30   Compression brakes within Boise City, post-intersection merging

July 16 & 23   Cole Road bridge over the New York Canal, McMillan Road sight obstruction

July 9   Future of 36th Street/Shasta, getting onto Chinden at Shandee in the morning

July 2   Signal for Maple Grove/Amity, broken detection loop at Cloverdale/Franklin

June 25   Big rigs parking on residential streets, road hazards, Meridian signal timing

June 18   Mace Road, more on downtown delivery trucks, Five Mile roadwork delays

June 11   Delivery trucks on Front Street, Ustick school sidewalk, proper shoulder use

June 4   Lochsa Falls' sunken sewer trenches, signal at Federal Way/Tolpmis

May 28   Motorcycles and lane splitting, abuse of center turn lane on Chinden Boulevard

May 21   Illegal parking in bike lanes; fixing potholes, intersections and RR crossings

May 14   How a cyclist can get the green, potholes, busy intersection etiquette

May 7   Signal timing at McMillan/Cloverdale, rights from Mountain View to Glenwood

April 30   Maple Grove/McMillan intersection, Bergeson obstruction, Ustick overlay

April 23   Nasty bump at McMillan Road/Saguaro Canyon, H-P signal sensor placement

April 16   Rut relief for State/36th/VMP, blue street reflectors, center turn lanes

April 9   Location of Ada/Boise county line, controls on Cloverdale sewer project

April 2   Amity Road and the New York Canal, using shoulders as right-turn lanes

March 26   16th Street construction delays, roundabout safety question for walkers

March 19   East End stop signs; left turns on red lights, plow-proof reflectors

March 12   Milwaukee/Franklin RR crossing, one-way traffic on 13th Street in Boise

March 5   Neighborhood traffic counts, utility patches, 15th Street traffic calming

February 26   Elder Street parking, right-only lane at Home Depot/SH 55, Eagle/Franklin

February 19   Ada County's busiest intersections, fixing temporary asphalt on Hill Road

February 12   Proper use of the right-turn lane off State Street near Home Depot at SH 55

February 05   Signal timing at Fairview/Hickory, Latah sign on Americana Boulevard

January 29   Safe use of the westbound offramp at I-84/Eagle Road, doghouse signals

January 22   Street name signs and landscaping, Myrtle Street timing, more on Vista/I-84

                        Vista/I-84 Special

January 15   Signal function and operation near Boise Airport, I-84 ramps and Wright Street

January 8   Protected signal at Wright/Vista, Summerwind Drive street sign, 8th Street

January 1   Island markers on Gary Lane, illegal roadside signs, bikes and intersections