Flaggers to help traffic flow Monday on Idaho 55
If your holiday weekend plans include driving on Idaho 55 between Boise and McCall, ITD asks you to avoid the heaviest traffic by traveling outside of peak times or using alternate routes. ITD again will arrange for flaggers to help with traffic flow at the junction of Idaho 55 and the Banks-to-Lowman Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway.
Flaggers will help traffic move smoothly through the congested junction beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing as long as traffic volume warrants. Motorists also should watch for electronic message boards that warn of congestion.
An Incident Response vehicle also will be available for special assistance.
During holiday weekends, significantly more traffic travels on those roads as compared to the average day. On Labor Day last year, there were more than 1,800 vehicles traveling the Banks-to-Lowman road (versus 1,000 average for a May day) and nearly 4,000 going southbound on Idaho 55 (vs. 2,000 average).
"Congestion is heaviest in this area, as travelers from the Garden Valley area access Idaho 55," said ITD Maintenance Engineer Tom Points. "We want everyone to have a safe and fun weekend and to arrive home safely."
ITD offers the following tips for holiday weekend travelers:
ITD also suspends highway construction projects statewide for the holiday weekend unless that activity has no impact on traffic.