New reduced speed limit on Idaho 16 may stem crashes, ITD says

June 5, 2013 

The speed limit on a four-mile stretch of Idaho 15 will be reduced Thursday morning, a move that the Idaho Transportation Department hopes will result in fewer crashes. The limit will drop from 65 mph to 55mph from the Idaho 44 intersection to near mile marker 4.

Fifty-five crashes have been reported in the area in the past five years, due in part to the seven intersections located within the four-mile stretch.

The Idaho State Police and Ada County Sheriff’s Office plan to increase their patrols in the area to make sure drivers are following the new speed limit.

The reduced speed limit comes on the heels of a roadway safety analysis by ITD the Federal Highway Administration, the Ada County Highway District and emergency service providers. More changes are planned over the next six months.

ITD hopes to upgrade signs and make them more visible, remove obscuring vegetation, look at adding lighting to the intersections and more.

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