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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: 2014

April 20 - Bushes blocking view of turning traffic on High Street at Boise Avenue; repairs coming to railroad tracks on 3rd Street in Meridian; flashing yellow arrow left-run signal requests for Chinden Boulevard at Five Mile Road and at Cloverdale Road

April 13 - How to pass a cyclist when there's a solid yellow line; the authority of flaggers to override a stop sign; Ustick and Locust Grove construction impacts

April 06 - Why no parking on Cole Road near the New York Canal? U-turn sign missing on Overland Road at Entertainment; questions about signal operation on Amity at Cloverdale, Five Mile and Maple Grove

March 30 - Concerns at Pleasanton Avenue and Whitewater Park Boulevard; Victory and Cole roads; update on a lower-wattage bulb experiment on 36th Street in Garden City

March 23 - Left-turn lanes backing up on Eagle Road going to eastbound Chinden Boulevard; "No Thru Street" sign request for Walling Court off of Warm Springs Avenue

March 16 - Orange "artwork" on decorative rocks at Divide Creek and Linder Road not the work of road crews; ACHD tests tougher slurry seal as a chipsealing alternative

March 09 - In a rut at Eagle Road and Lake Hazel; is Division Street the worst in Boise? Long-term solution for difficult commute for westbound McMillan drivers at Eagle Road

March 02 - Preventing right-turning drivers on Yamhill from slowing Federal Way traffic; lengthy wait at Hickory and Fairview in Meridian explained

February 23 - Is Sunset Peak Road a publicly maintained road? Request for weekend signal timing to be used on weekday holidays; still trouble with turning traffic in center lane on Overland near Maple Grove

February 16 - How safety and convenience are balanced with flashing yellow turn arrows; lack of protected turns in Boise's North End on Fort and State streets; left-turn on red light rules at Whitewater Park Boulevard and Fairview Avenue

February 09 - Potholes and deteriorated road surface on State Street between 11th and 14th; unneeded construction speed reduction on Five Mile at Ustick; reason for short right-turn lane on northbound Ten Mile onto Franklin

February 02 - Who is supposed to clear sand off sidewalks when there are no homes or businesses? Reader prompt signal timing improvements at Cloverdale and Executive; plan to dim bright street lights on 36th Street in Garden City

January 26 - Roundabouts improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety; is ACHD keeping a list of first-come, first-served for speed bumps?

January 19 - Plans for popped-off, white-and-yellow reflective markers; the reason why the new crosswalk across 9th Street between Main and Front in Boise isn't a HAWK signal

January 12 - Extra-bright streetlights on rebuilt 36th Street in Garden City; odd right turn at Ustick and Five Mile; speed study planned for reader

January 05 - Yellow light rules and timing; winter maintenance request; bye-bye to Eisenman "IC"