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The Road Wizard appears in The Idaho Statesman, the Kuna Melba News 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.

2018 Columns

July 8

A right-turn-only lane on westbound Parkcenter Boulevard at Park Boulevard would increase overall intersection delays; Broadway Avenue off-ramp and under Federal Way in need of cleaning; left turns will not be restricted from Coffey Street onto Chinden Boulevard

July 1

Willowbrook/Willow Brook signs in Meridian will be replaced; practical reason for left-turn wait at Fairview and Eagle roads; Adams Elementary School on Warm Springs Avenue isn't scheduled for a pedestrian crossing upgrade.

June 24

Passing on the right to get around motorists turning left by using a bike lane is legal if done safely; request for permanent digital speed feedback sign on Division Avenue; there aren't any practical ways to improve drop-off/pick-up congestion at Anser Charter School in Garden City.

June 17

ACHD properties at Hummel Drive and Cole Road get weed trimming after landscape work delay; new speed indicator sign placed in wrong speed limit zone on Columbia road near Micron; there is not enough space for bike lanes on part of River Street but ACHD has a different improvement in mind.

June 10

Wait time predictions for the two-stage pedestrian crossings that are part of the State Street/Veterans Memorial Parkway/36th Street intersection construction; mini-mystery project on Meridian Road between Amity and Victory roads

June 3

Contractor wrongly closes both sides of Bogus Basin Road sidewalk during repair work; crosswalk on 3rd Street near the Ada County Courthouse causes delays.

May 27

Flashing yellow arrow signal disappears in the morning at low-traffic Roosevelt Street and Rose Hill; westbound traffic lines up on Hill Road at Collister Drive due to a four-way stop and efficient "dog bone" roundabout; Cloverdale Road and Desert Avenue intersection not a candidate for a temporary signal during the Lake Hazel/Cole intersection construction.

May 20

Pedestrian pathway on Five Mile Road has a curved curb that seems to cross the path at Blackhawk Court; readers react to the bicyclist-activated crosswalk flashing lights at River and 8th Street in Downtown Boise.

May 13

The reason why ACHD will not install stop signs at Tybalt Drive and Montague Way in Meridian's Tuscany subdivision; yield signs to be replaced by merge signs at the intersection of State Street/Idaho 44 and Idaho 55.

May 6

Drivers traveling through the Victory and Amity roads intersections with Cole Road will experience less traffic trouble; Beacon Light Road and Idaho 16 intersection scheduled for a traffic signal this summer; a right-turn, green-arrow signal on State Street to 28th Street would speed up traffic but pose a safety risk to pedestrians and cyclists.

April 29

Right-turn lanes straightened out at the Cole Road and Overland Road intersection; bicyclists on 8th Street can activate crosswalk flashing yellow caution lights but still, must yield to motorists on River Street.

April 22

Reports of speeding at a request for more construction speed limit signs at State Street/Veterans Memorial Parkway/36th Street; obscured "Do No Enter" sign at unusual one-way grid on Freemont Street at Marcus Street; stop signs, base and poles removed by persons unknown on Warren Street at Michigan and Manitou avenues.

April 15

Reader suggest turning north/south suburban main routes into one-way streets; Franklin Road delays at Eagle Road during the evening commute can't be helped without negative consequences.

April 8

"Yield for Bicyclist" sign requested at Capitol Boulevard and Myrtle Street; a huge roundabout was considered for the State Street/Veterans Memorial Parkway/36th Street intersection.

April 1

Reader questions the design of the State Street/Veterans Memorial Parkway/36th Street intersection rebuild.

March 25

Overland Road and Roosevelt Street intersection has a longer side-street wait than neighboring signals; trash on Warm Springs Avenue between Windsong and Starcrest drives isn't a top priority for "Labor Detail" crews; ACHD to install "Parallel Parking Only" sign on Hill Road where people are diagonally parking and leaving vehicles hanging over the bike lane.

March 18

Reader board taken down on Bogus Basin Road; left-out turn on Americana Boulevard at Shoreline Drive will not get a flashing yellow arrow signal; origin of Black Cat Road name may be lost to history but Ten Mile and Five Mile roads likely named for creeks.

March 11

Unsafe parking still happening at the small business plaza west of the Hill Road "dogbone" roundabout; reader describes "jarring visual noise" at traffic signal at Royal and Capitol boulevards.

March 4

The reason there is no Five Mile Road interchange; "no crossing" signs at pedestrian crossing on 9th Street/Capitol Boulevard between Royal Boulevard and University Drive; property owner asked to prune landscaping at Boise Avenue and Division Street.

February 25

Resident on Boise Avenue between Apple Street and Law Avenue request signs cautioning pedestrians and Bicyclists about cars backing out of driveways; reasons why the through lane on Silverstone Way at Overland Road shouldn't also be a left-turn lane.

February 18

Bumpy pavement patch feared to become hazardous on Amity Road near the new YMCA facility; reader rates Boise roads better than those in Dallas-Fort Worth and gets project updates for Cloverdale and Maple Grove roads; merging from the ramp from Federal Way to Broadway Avenue to access Interstate 84 continues to concern readers.

February 11

More signs requested when two lanes become three on Protest Road at Federal Way; ACHD does not allow car dealerships on Main Street between 23rd and 27th streets to park vehicles on the sidewalk/right of way; yet another request for a flashing yellow left-turn signal on Parkcenter Boulevard at Apple Street.

February 4

ACHD sweeper trucks are working the streets during this year's mild winter; Collister Street north of Hill Road had a new-pavement construction delay due to higher-than-expected work bids; left-turn-only sign on Parkcenter Boulevard to Highland Street doesn't mean that U-turns are restricted

January 29

What determines the decision to construct four-lane or two-lane roads -- Parkcenter Boulevard verses Ten Mile Road? Franklin Road west of Ten Mile Road to Black Cat Road now has more lanes but no higher speed limit.

January 21

Request for a pedestrian crossing on River Valley Street to the Boise Co-op at the Village at Meridian; surprised reaction to the continued closure of the second left-turn lane on northbound Ten Mile Road at Franklin Road.

January 14

Afternoon traffic delays through the signal cluster of Cole Road at Interstate 84 explained; reader still happy about the new "dog bone" roundabout at Hill Road and 36th Street.

January 7

Northbound left-turn on Ten Mile Road to Franklin Road still works better with only one of two turn lanes open -- for now; new-style pedestrian button replaced at Cherry Lane and Ten Mile Road; road patching will have to be redone by utility contractor on Amity Road between Locust Grove Road and Meridian Road.

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