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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: 2008

December 28 - Using the High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) on Ustick Road

December 21 - Roundabout on Pine Street and Webb Avenue, uprooted speed limit signs, simultaneous left and right turns, ParkCenter turning counts at Apple

December 14 - Speeding and traffic on Sawmill Way, speed signage on Franklin Road, downtown Boise signal timing, sidewalk repairs

December 07 - Blinding (formerly) light onto the Connector, notices of road work and detours, speeds on Highland Street

November 30 - Traffic counts for bench - Goddard, Milwaukee and Mitchell; Cove Colony access problems at State Street; ParkCenter and Apple right-turn counts

November 23 - Railroad spur corssing Emerald between Orchard and Curtis, U.S. Highway 30 markers

November 16 - License plate stickers, McDermott Road addresses

November 09 - Sidewalk and "no parking" at Camel's Back Park on 13th Street, Red arrow at Hays/16th

November 02 - Bike lane sweeping on Gekeler and Pennsylvania streets, weeds at Irving/Maple Grove, signal at Fairview/Maple Grove

October 26 - New traffic sensors on Eagle Road, proper use of center turn lanes, traffic counts for West Bench

October 19 - Drainage pit/pond at Maple Grove and Irving, pedestrian path on Maple Grove

October 12 - Pine Avenue bicycle lanes, State Street signal at Home Depot, Warm Springs traffic at new East Jr. High

October 05 - Walk time for Front/Broadway pedestrians, turning lane use out of St. Luke's Meridian, the future of the Gowen/Pleasant Valley intersection

September 28 - Signal operation at Ustick/Locust Grove, pedestrian countdown signal at Front/Broadway

September 21 - Intersection project for Linder/Ustick, Top Twelve Busiest Intersections in Ada County

September 14 - School signals on Fairview at Cole, signal at Linder and Cayuse Creek, bicycle terminology

September 07 - Meridian Road between McMillan and Chinden -- future plans, bike lane sweeping, weeds along Maple Grove and Black Cat

August 31 - Front Street and rush-hour signal timing, school crossing on McMillan Road

August 24 - Hill Road bike riders, Brookdale Meadows STOP sign study, video detectors and bicycles

August 17 - Maple Grove sidewalk gaps, chipsealing and truck traffic, Boise Co-Op parking lot driveway off Fort Street

August 10 - Pedestrian HAWK signal on Ustick Road, drainage pit on Ustick at Dove

August 03 - Future bikeway along Amity (Federal Way to Surprise Way), signal at Amity and Federal Way, signal at Overland and Vista

July 27 - Turning right (at signalized intersections, from the shoulder, pedestrians at Broad Street (BoDo area), South Ridge land ownership, burned-out ped light at Apple/ParkCenter

July 20 - Overland Road relocation near Linder Road, reason for chipsealing, signal repair at Meridian/Chinden

July 13 - Yellow rectangles on sidewalk ramps, Victory Road and side-street traffic, pothole patching on Five Mile Road

July 06 - John's Landing Way utility and paving work, faded sign on Cole Road at interstate offramp,crosswalk signal at Federal Way and Bergeson

June 29 - CenterCal project at Fairview/Eagle, bright car wash sign at State/30th streets, crosswalk on ParkCenter Boulevard near Red Robin

June 22 - Signal at Federal Way/Gowen Road, signal at Victory/Trabuco

June 15 - 36th and Catalpa street curbs and gutters, Dewey new name for old 36th Street, rationale for irrigation sequencing of traffic signals

June 08 - Refreshing fog-line paint on Franklin Road, Eagle Road at Easy Jet: new lane arrangement, Lakeshore street-name signs

June 01 - Apple Street tree-branch obstruction, signal at Fox Run Way and Chinden Boulevard, Cole/Glenwood Couplet project status

May 25 - Mill Station Drive roundabout signs, widening chinden (U.S. 20/26) west of Eagle Road, more center-lane abuse: Overland/Meridian roads

May 18 - Possible footbridge between Garden City and Pleasanton, illegal travel in center lane, Eagle Road/Colchester signal, the Riverstone sign

May 11 - More center-lane abuse, maintaining dirt alleys, sight obstructions at corners

May 04 - Illegal (over)use of center lane, Overland/Meridian right-turn green arrow, bad (winter) patch on Elder Street

April 27 - Reporting problem signals, Rose Hill/Vista timing, stop sign placement in subdivisions

April 20 - Why does ACHD put up so many traffic signal heads at the same intersection: Chinden Boulevard/Veterans Memorial Parkway?

April 13 - Ustick/Mitchell fence obstruction, Overland/Meridian (SH 69) (no) right-only lane, (still) two 36th streets

April 06 - ParkCenter Boulevard signal progression and the East ParkCenter Bridge, trees on Curtis Road and Federal Way, Latah/Rose Hill signal fix

March 30 - Freeway speed limits in construction zones, dead plants at Hill Road and Gary Lane

March 23 - Pine Avenue speed limit sign, lane striping on Maple Grove at Ustick

March 16 - McMillan Road street sign, Horse Loop Way street signs, Maple Grove street lighting, Pine Street signals at Main, Meridian

March 09 - Flashing yellow arrows (re: permissive left turns), signal problems at SH 55/SH 44 intersection

March 02 - Signal at Emerald and Orchard, no signal at Franklin Road and S.W. 7th Street

February 24 - Capitol Boulevard and diagonal lane shift, construction sign at Linder and Chinden, signal at Cporate and main in Meridian: no green ball

February 17 - Joplin Road rebuild saga, Shoreline Drive at Americana - rough patch

February 10 - Jackson Elementary and Auto Drive, sidewalk snow, Pierce Park manhole covers, railroad crossing on Ten Mile

February 03 - Camera to monitor Fairview's signals at Meridian and Main, Vista/Wright signal, Shoshone/Rose Hill pedestrian crossing

January 27 - Locust Grove traffic blocking Wilson Lane intersection, signals on Fairview at Main and Meridian

January 20 - Steelwood Drive signal on Fairview Avenue, the future of Auto Drive, Bypass route

January 13 - Linder Road widening between McMillan and Chinden, Auto Drive/Franklin Road intersection

January 06 - Ustick Road construction lanes, Mexican ALTO signs, access to Anser School from River Street