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2015 News and Replies

December 27

Getting around backups on Main Street during greenbelt construction; top-five insights from watchful readers over the year. [Read more...]

December 20

Well-meaning sweeper drivers go off course; new flashing yellow arrow signals on Boise Avenue at Broadway Avenue win praise; certain tire treads probably the reason for wild-ride sensation on Interstate 84. [Read more...]

December 13

Longer evening commute for Downtown Boise drivers due to lane closures and the new, two-way 13th Street; reader suggests limiting events after detour confusion during YMCA Halloween Run. [Read more...]

December 06

Informing residents of exact street sweeping days is difficult; Interstate 84's grooved pavement a problem for a reader. [Read more...]

November 29

Making a right turn where there is a green bike lane; Capitol Boulevard and Idaho Street left lane destination confusion; flashing yellow left-turn arrow coming to Idaho 44/State Street. [Read more...]

November 22

Request for a traffic signal at Lake Hazel and Meridian roads; bumpy 5th Street in Downtown Boise despite chip seal; odd signal behavior at Hill Road and Gary Lane/Hill Road Parkway. [Read more...]

November 15

Road dimples in Boise explained; sharrows are a compromise for bicycle users on Apple Street. [Read more...]

November 08

Who cleans up after crashes? What is needed for a school zone at Victory Road and Brandys Jewell Way? Request for a delay in the Main Street/Warm Springs Avenue crosswalk activation. [Read more...]

November 01

South Boise verses West End -- why the difference in stop signs and sidewalks? Cyclists can yield at stop signs, even when other intersection approaches don't stop; long green light for Fort Street traffic at Hays/5th explained. [Read more...]

October 25

Does bicycle and pedestrian demand warrant fewer vehicle lanes in Downtown Boise, and what are the politics involved? Can double left-turn lanes have one lane with a flashing yellow arrow? [Read more...]

October 18

ACHD's bike box education effort; new Warm Springs Avenue sign points to unfinished road; short green light and long pedestrian signal wait at Ustick Road and McKinney Street. [Read more...]

October 11

Reader thinks Colchester Drive at Eagle Road gets faster green than Island Woods Drive; reader sees red lights all around at Gowen Road and Technology Way; last-minute merges update at Parkcenter Boulevard and Beacon Street. [Read more...]

October 04

Bike box confusion on Capitol Boulevard at Myrtle Street; reader says thanks for extra left-turn lane on Ann Morrison Park Drive onto northbound Capitol; Warm Springs Avenue sewer work closure reopens ahead of schedule. [Read more...]

September 27

Sidewalk markings on Brentwood Drive near Overland/Cole; intermittent left-turn green arrow on Locust Grove/ Central/Bentley Drive; bike lanes will be painted on Shoreline Drive; Fairview Avenue and Main Street in Boise fog sealed. [Read more...]

September 20

Reader doubts efficiency of removing travel lanes from 27th Street, disappearing through-lane on westbound Parkcenter Boulevard at bridge; reader comments on left-turning eastbound traffic on Idaho 44 getting two turns at the State Street extension. [Read more...]

September 13

"Rurban" Amity Road probably not ready for for a speed limit reduction; praise for 27th Street bike lanes and hopes for bike lanes on Orchard Street; reason why cul-de-sacs get no chip seals. [Read more...]

September 06

ACHD tries steel roller as a way to make smoother bike lanes post-chip sealing; chipping slated for Warm Springs from Broadway to Harris Ranch next year; left turn on red light from Whitewater Park Boulevard onto Fairview Avenue -- when allowed? [Read more...]

August 30

To stop or not to stop when a pedestrian enters an unlit HAWK crosswalk; speed bump request at Kroeger Park on Leadville Avenue; homeowners association wants to paint public street curbing red at fire hydrants. [Read more...]

August 23

Repairs delayed at railroad crossing at Cole and Franklin roads due to bad air; State Street and Veterans Memorial Parkway signal modified for morning school bus traffic; large dead tree branch at Stroebel Road and King Road intersection in Kuna. [Read more...]

August 16

Request for sharrows on 9th Street; brush blocking westbound shoulder on Riverside Drive; low-cost way to handle new apartment traffic at Capitol Boulevard and University Drive. [Read more...]

August 09

Temporary road signs blocking new bike lane on Capitol; Warm Springs Avenues becomes Parkcenter Boulevard in Harris Ranch; signal at Idaho 44 seems to treat State Street unfairly. [Read more...]

August 02

Driver debate: Legal to make a "right on red" from Americana Boulevard to Emerald Street? ACHD fixes different pothole than requested at Locust Grove and McMillan roads; off-campus housing impacts on Capitol Boulevard and University Drive. [Read more...]

July 26

Proper left turning from a side street onto a designated, shared center turn lane on a major street; reader offers examples of more (problematic?) duplicate intersections; ACHD looks for storm drain filter at McMillan and Five Mile roads. [Read more...]

July 19

Forgotten storm drain filter removed at 27th and Bannock streets; unnecessary “no left turn” sign noticed after standing for decades. [Read more...]

July 12

Reader suggests all-way stop at Eckert Road and Boise Avenue; about the new bike lane layout at Hill Road/Hill Road Parkway/Gary Lane. [Read more...]

July 05

Can ACHD request that property owners not water the road? Reader changes his mind about roundabouts and suggests that any landscaping be simple; ACHD will add more speed limit signs to 27th Street in Boise. [Read more...]

June 28

Reader wants 13th Street closed to traffic in Hyde Park -- or add stop signs; eroded asphalt and holes repaired at Lake Hazel and Cloverdale; complaint about short green light at Pleasant Valley and Gowen. [Read more...]

June 21

"Do Not Block Intersection" sign request denied on Ustick Road at Boulder Creek Avenue; "jaw-dropping" ruts at 15th and Idaho streets. Since dead end Mountain View Drive has a signal, why not the other section? [Read more...]

June 14

Remaining truck route signs urging drivers to use Orchard Street instead of Curtis Road to be removed; ACHD completes crosswalk evaluation on Five Mile Road at Comba Park; reader unsatisfied with response to letter about HAWK pedestrian signals. [Read more...]

June 07

Miss-marked barricade on McMillan Road between Linder and Ten Mile roads confused reader; inactivity at Table Rock Road/Troutner Way job explained. Legal to make a right-on-red from the left-most, right-turn lane at 6th and Front streets? [Read more...]

May 31

Safety features planned for the "dog bone" roundabout near school at 36th Street/Hill Road/Catalpa Drive; long red-light wait at Island Woods and Eagle Road explained. [Read more...]

May 24

A dark HAWK beacon is different than a darkened signal; another reader reacts to last-minute, right-lane mergers at Chinden and Eagle. [Read more...]

May 17

Reader disagrees with Road Wizard on merging into one lane after traffic signals; stop sign request on Shaw Mountain Road at Table Rock Road. [Read more...]

May 10

Why don't Idaho drivers happily alternately merge at two-thru-lane intersections that merge down to one lane? Will a traffic signal go back into operation at Fairview and Steelwood avenues? Thank you from reader. [Read more...]

May 03

Signal timing at Fairview Avenue and Orchard Street; reader concern about one of the two Vista Avenue/Airport Way intersections; new HAWK signal on Parkcenter Boulevard and seemingly delayed reaction. [Read more...]

April 26

Flashing yellow arrow delay explained at River/9th near Library! School speed zone decision-making and the reason for no zone at Sage International School. [Read more...]

April 19

Topics: ACHD traffic-monitoring video cameras aren’t designed to record traffic accidents; Parkcenter Boulevard and Bown Way traffic signal timing adjusted because of bridge closure; finding a way out for Sandy Springs subdivision residents. [Read more...]

April 12

Reader asks for clarification on bicyclists riding two or more abreast, particularly on Hill Road; request for another right-turn option on southbound Broadway Avenue on Front Street in downtown Boise. [Read more...]

April 05

Unexpected lane use at Whitewater Park Boulevard roundabout; Island Woods Drive at Eagle Road will get flashing yellow left-turn signals; reader reacts to residents posting parking restrictions on public road next to Baggley Park in Boise. [Read more...]

March 29

Can-Ada Road and Idaho Center Boulevard -- who is responsible for the rough part? Reader concerned about pollution exposure at red lights; Eagle and Lake Hazel intersection pavement repair. [Read more...]

March 22

"Residents Only" parking signs on Versailles Court near Baggley Park; spring weather means the Five Mile/Amity intersection gets permanent trench repair; vanishing crosswalk at Parkcenter Avenue and Apple Street repainted. [Read more...]

March 15

Some signals on Cherry Lane/Fairview Avenue east of Ten Mile Road favor eastbound morning commuters; droopy wire likely cause of Fairview/Cloverdale flashing yellow arrow confusion. [Read more...]

March 08

Wait times at major traffic signals seem too long for side streets at off-peak hours; odd signal behavior leads to confusion about flashing yellow arrows. [Read more...]

March 01

Crosswalk request at new Comba Park on Five Mile Road; "possible" vs. "practicable" when riding a bike; ACHD inspector moves roadwork sign in traffic lane on Coleen Drive. [Read more...]

February 22

Safe bicycling through the roundabout on Whitewater Park Boulevard and elsewhere; reader asks about red-light delays after moving from a signal-free place. [Read more...]

February 15

Reader wants 27th Street to return to four lanes; pipe work across Five Mile Road at Smoke Ranch Drive creates crevice, HAWK pedestrian signal at Irving Street and Maple Grove stops traffic without need. [Read more...]

February 08

Too low street signs on Five Mile Road between Franklin and Fairview; how ACHD came to be. [Read more...]

February 01

Fairview Avenue bike lane at 27th Street being used as a right-turn lane; narrow shoulder on Hill Road between Pierce Park and Gary Lane made tighter by landscaping. [Read more...]

January 25

Paint disappears from new left-turn lanes at Five Mile and Franklin roads; Five Mile Road misses out on chipseal near Lake Hazel; land survey markers along Cloverdale Road between Ustick and Fairview. [Read more...]

January 18

Tree-vs.-new stop sign concerns in Meridian; a chipseal is the most likely new surface to the 1700 block of Jefferson Street; speed study and speed humps requested for 27th Street in Boise. [Read more...]

January 11

Reader praises recent snow removal; requested signal at Lake Hazel and Meridian roads; electronic "noise" causes detection trouble at Bown Way and Boise Avenue. [Read more...]

January 04

Topics: Crosswalk location confusion at Parkcenter Avenue and Apple Street; future plans for the less than bike-friendly Gowen Road Bridge over the railroad tracks near the Boise Factory Outlet. [Read more...]

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