Motorists heading out for a long Labor Day weekend in Idaho should find highways unrestricted by construction projects, but could encounter firefighting traffic as crews battle major wildfires in central Idaho.
Highway construction activity is suspended beginning Friday afternoon and continuing through Labor Day - Monday.
The transportation department encourages motorists to drive safely this weekend and observe the following tips:
Recreationists who use Idaho 55 during the Labor Day weekend can avoid heavy traffic by traveling outside peak travel times or using an alternate route.
The transportation department's holiday traffic control project will assist motorists at the junction of Idaho 55 and Banks to Lowman Road on Monday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The hours may be extended if traffic remains heavy there.
Flaggers have assisted motorists at this location since 1995.
Motorists also should be aware of construction on Idaho 55 at Rainbow Bridge near Smiths Ferry. Both lanes of the bridge will be open from noon today (Aug. 31) to noon on Tuesday (Sept. 4), to accommodate holiday weekend traffic. Motorists traveling outside these times should expect delays of up to 15 minutes.
The Rainbow Bridge project is designed to preserve and protect the structure for future generations and improve safety for today's traveler. Mowat Construction Co. is upgrading the arch piers, bridge rail, floor beams, deck joints and bridge columns. The work is scheduled to be complete this fall.
Construction crews will take precautions to avoid impacts to rafters and kayakers on the North Fork of the Payette River.
ITD offers the following tips for holiday travelers in central Idaho: