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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: 2007

December 30 - Federal Way vegetation and Mesa Vista Drive, Freeway future by-pass

December 23 - Ustick Road's "completion," Curtis Road and actuated signals

December 16 - Pine Street's missing lane east of Eagle Road, Fairview Avenue at Meridian Road and Main Street, Signal at McMullen vs. Camas

December 09 - Oregon Trail kiosk park, right-turn lane from Chinden onto Glenwood, (no) signal at Cole/Camas

December 02 - Exit 50B and the "Added Lane Sign," bike path on Executive Drive

November 25 - State Street signal progression between 15th and 18th streets, River Street access to Pioneer Street

November 18 - Hervey Street speed study, Target Street traffic data, signal at Touchmark and Franklin

November 11 - Right-turn-only lane missing at Veterans Memorial Parkway/Chinden, left-turn troubles at Bristol/Eagle Road

November 04 - Signal at Fairview/Locust Grove, street lighting on Ustick, pedestrian-blocking power pole on Ustick and the signal at Locust Grove/Ustick

October 28 - Speeds on Hervey Street, the status of the Overland/Meridian intersection and new signals at Lake Hazel/Maple Grove and Eagle/Victory

October 21 - Signal at Five Mile/Franklin, queuing detectors at Five Mile/Lake Hazel, Orange barrels at Maple Grove/Emerald and Locust Grove

October 14 - Pedestrian walk buttons at Ustick and Milwaukee, lack of sidewalk on Milwaukee at Ustick

October 07 - Lagging left turn at Franklin and Milwaukee, bike lane on Maple Grove and Emerald

September 30 - Flashing yellow lights at Fairmont Jr. High, Linder Road project and drainage, manhole covers on Pierce Park Road

September 23 - Left turn signal for Northview/Cole, "lagging" left turns at Overland/Eagle

September 16 - Railroad crossing at Black Cat Road, barrier on Old Valley Road near Linder

September 09 - Clovedale Road curbs, foliage-blocked street signs, Gekeler/Linden sensor issue, herbicide use for ACHD

September 02 - Veterans Memorial Parkway flags, weekend signal timing at Eagle/McMillan, Colt Street speed sign

August 26 - Status of Maple Grove extension and Ustick Road, future signal at Hill/SH 55, understanding WALK/DONT WALK

August 19 - Sight lines and safe driving on Hill Road side streets, chipsealing of "new" roads

August 12 - Appraisals for right-of-way buys, restriping bike icons on Hill Road, manholes on Overland and Meridian Roads

August 05 - Chipsealing nitty-gritty, signal timing at Franklin/Eagle, odor under Cloverdale

July 29 - New law to speed up utility work in roadway, rules for construction sites and turn signals

July 22 - Eagle Road widening project, DeMeyer Street speeding, construction info signs

July 15 - Eagle Road and Easy Jet Drive, manhole covers, Maple Grove project

July 08 - Chipsealing, Vista Avenue and Elder Street intersection

July 01 - More on Gold's/Walgreen parking, Hill Road's leaking canal, using Shaw Mountain Road

June 24 - Gold's Gym at ParkCenter and U-turns, bad signal wires at Milwaukee and the mall, video detectors and motorcycles

June 17 - Requested Victory Road guardrail at the Ridenbaugh, McMillan/Locost Grove signal and sign

June 10 - View-blocking trees at Cloverdale/Kuna-Mora, Gary Lane turns, "Old" 36th Street

June 03 - Cloverdale/Kuna-Mora intersection, Maple Grove (south of Franklin), cell phone drivers

May 27 - Column placement in newspaper, Ustick Road work, signal at Eagle/Victory

May 20 - Saxton/State Street turn lanes, Victory Road-Ridenbaugh guard rail study

May 13 - Signal at Overland/Latah, lefts at State/Glenwood, Ustick and Leslie Way

May 06 - Homestead Rim/Oregon Trail traffic calming, Cloverdale bridge bike path ...

April 29 - Rules on parking, River Ranch road sign, Roe Street concern

April 22 - State Street speed limit, Orchard/Overland signal timing, "Getting the Green"

April 15 - Detour signs, Ustick Road construction, Meridian detours

April 08 - New ACHD web site, right turns on Leslie Way, median barriers

April 01 - Meridian's truck parking laws, BFI and roadside litter pickup

March 25 - Access to Mountain View High School, polite parking on Rifleman

March 18 - Signal at Five Mile and H-P, pedestrian safety, gridlock at Five Mile/Franklin

March 11 - Future Ustick Road widening, Cole to Curtis; road paint's lacking longevity

March 04 - Ustick Road projects, construction access, off-roading and tarp law proposal

February 25 - Burned out signal, Mahogany Avenue spelling, water main on State Street...

February 18 - Cloverdale/McMillan timing during sewer construction, magnesium chloride use

February 11 - Signal timing along Front/6th/Capitol, detection loops on Latah & Roosevelt

February 04 - Proposed signals on SH 69, SH 44, East End stop signs, impacts of deicer

January 28 - Federal Way bicycle signs, "No Parking" laws in neighborhoods

January 21 - ACHD/Salt Lake City snow policies compared, speed limits in historic districts

January 14 - Cole/Amity sidewalks, pavement markings, signal detection, pavement patches

January 07 - Deer and motorist safety on Warm Springs, late-night flashing signals