to the drawing borard for I-84?
Opinion by Steve Crump
Twin Falls Times-News
Speaking of travel disasters... I think it may be time for
the Idaho Transportation Department and the federal government
to shut down Interstate 84 between Burley and the Utah border
and start over.
The last time I traveled that stretch of freeway, in early
January, the road between Strevell and Malta was covered with
black ice and the wind was blowing from the west at about
40 mph, so that if you didn't manage to slide off the road
on your own, the wind would start a skid for you.
Since the winter's first big blizzard on New Year's Eve,
I've been monitoring the ITD Web site, where highway conditions
are listed by road segment. One day the report for I-84 looked
Mountain Home-Glenns Ferry
Glenns Ferry-Twin Falls
Twin Falls-Salt Lake Interchange
Salt Lake Interchange-Utah Line
I struck up a conversation at a truck stop in aptly named
Snowville, which sits along the interstate near the Utah-Idaho
border, with a long-haul driver a couple of years ago. He
told me that he always turned around and took another route
whenever blowing snow cut visibility on I-84 to less than
''It's just too hard to see the wrecked cars in your path,''