A lovely time to stop and smell the flowers.
Not so much fun to run into them on your bike or morning run though.
The Ada County Highway District is reminding homeowners that, like having a responsibility to keep their sidewalks clear of snow and ice in the winter, they need to keep vegetation from clogging sidewalks in the spring and summer. And they need to get out the trimmer if their greenery gets in the way of the stop sign at the corner, too.
It's not just a nice thing to do, it's the law. According to ACHD, "state and local codes require property owners to prune, or, if necessary, remove any tree, hedge, shrub, or sight obstruction of any nature, where it causes a potential traffic hazard."
Obstructions are classfied as anything that:
Blocks traffic signs
Reduces a drivers sight distance and ability to see oncoming traffic
Prevents pedestrians from full use of the sidewalk
Extends into the roadway
If you see a problematic property where there is a sight or sidewalk obstruction, ACHD asks you to call the Traffic Engineering Department 387-6140 and report the issue.
If vegetation is getting in the way of a sidewalk or road, call the following code enforcement agencies:
Ada County: 577-3726 Boise: 384-3845 Meridian: 846-7326 Garden City: 472-2950 Kuna: 922-5274 Eagle: 939-6813 Star: Contact ACHD at 387-6140
For more information, visit the ACHD website at www.achdidaho.org.