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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: 2016

May 29 - Request for a fence alteration or a traffic signal at Edgewood Lane and Hill Road; reader concerned about crashes at Front Street and Avenue A in Boise

May 22 - Request for a flashing yellow, left-turn arrow at Franklin Road and Main Street in Meridian; reader questions Road Wizard about "dangerous" turning conditions leaving the downtown library in Boise

May 15 - Two left-turn lanes trouble at Federal Way onto Bergeson; reason for not having full traffic signal at Broad Street and Capitol Boulevard; turn sign blocked by trees at Vista Avenue and Overland Road

May 08 - State Street at Linder Road has a flashing yellow arrow; why not Linder? Request to modify green arrow signal at River and 9th streets; ACHD planning new crosswalk on Eckert Road at Arrow Junction Drive. Where to old traffic counts for Warm Springs?

May 01 - U-turn right-of-way question at Orchard Street and Fairview Avenue; still no green-arrow left turns planned for River and 9th streets; Costco driveway existing onto Cole Road will now be marked for through traffic, too

April 24 - Revisiting turning restrictions at Country Square Shopping Center onto Overland Road near Five Mile Road; jarring ride at Broadway Bridge detour route at Parkcenter and Beacon

April 17 - Who owns the ground between the sidewalk and the street? Request for a left-and-straight-thru lane on Lake Forest Drive at Federal Way

April 10 - Lane blocked by barrels on Beacon Street at Parkcenter to make room for large rigs; "big task" work at Cloverdale Road and De Meyer Street already done; U-turns now restricted on Victory Road at Trabuco Avenue

April 03 - Seaman's Gulch Road to get improvements but not urban-level amenities; some confusion about turns at Hays and 16th streets in Boise

March 27 - Can't traffic flow better on westbound Fort and 9th streets? Why only one through-lane on Cloverdale Road at Overland Road? Luck or speedy ACHD accounts for prompt sweeping?

March 20 - How does ACHD coordinate road construction projects? Signal at the intersection of St. Luke's Meridian Medical Center and the Home Depot on State Street to get a flashing yellow arrow.

March 13 - Reader wonders if construction lane closures in Downtown Boise pave way for future swap for bike lanes; concerns about poor view of vehicles approaching on 36th Street when turning from Anderson Street

March 06 - Reader asks for a small fix at Hill Road and Collister Drive, then sees big work; ACHD focusing on "concrete" solutions to manhole bumps

February 28 - Cost for construction crane taking lanes on Capitol Boulevard; concerns about left turns from Walnut Street onto Warm Springs Avenue at peak times; reader complaints about access management on Overland Road east of Five Mile Road

February 21 - Speed limit increase on Orchard Street south of Overland Road explained; ACHD's role in the Syringa Valley development proposed for South Boise -- who pays for the new roads?

February 14 - Pedestrian improvements coming for Royal Boulevard at Boise State University; Road Wizard on Facebook and angry post about traffic calming near 36/Hill/Catalpa intersection; who fixes sunken pavement patch on Braemere Street in Boise?

February 07 - Sidewalk on Pine Street between Main Street and Locust Grove in Meridian; resident worries about road damage from beet trucks using Kuna-Mora Road; completion of the Lake Hazel Road connection to Cole Road means the “No Thru Trucks” sign can go

January 31 - Request for left-turn green arrow signal on northbound 13th Street at Front Street; surprise curb where sidewalks ends on Americana Terrace off of Americana Boulevard

January 24 - Traffic signal head placement at Victory Road and Orchard Street will always look wrong to someone; Warm Springs Avenue and Parkcenter Boulevard name change, street light and speed limit

January 17 - Who enforces vehicle/trailer parking rules? The reason for no morning signal adjustment at Main and Garden streets during Greenbelt tunnel construction

January 10 - Simultaneous right- and left-turn arrows requested at Milwaukee Street/Fairview Avenue; no uphill battle for reader wanting "thru traffic" sign on Protest Hill; another report of a "scary" driving experience on Interstate 84

January 03 - Motorists entering Downtown Boise intersections already full; no full signal for Shamrock Avenue, despite challenging lefts; "sand window" planned for Diamond and Banner streets in Boise