Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Kudos for helpful new Highway 75 traffic light
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It refreshing to see that our Idaho Department of Transportation is improving the busy intersection of Woodside Boulevard and Highway 75 (near Power Engineers), as well as adding a much needed and innovative new traffic signal. The stretch of smooth road between Hailey and Bellevue is deceptively dangerous, and one merely needs to examine local road fatality statistics to see that dozens of unfortunate deaths and serious injuries have occurred there in crashes over recent decades.

Moreover, those who perished or were injured in this treacherous stretch were not mere statistics; but rather many were beloved family and friends of our tight-knit community.

In further interest of safety, I would urge our that our highway department discontinue their use of the newfangled energy-saving lights with which they have “upgraded” their signal lamps; as these often do not generate enough heat to immediately burn off the gathering snow from their red and green light covers, during our frequent blustery wintertime blizzards.

Two last items I would like to encourage our open-minded ITD administrators to keep on their radar for our healthy future are: Lowering the speed limit on the stretch between Bellevue &  Hailey to a more sensible 45 or 50 mph and installing a robust high-walled median strip between the north and south lanes (along with turnouts at appropriate places, of course).

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