Friday, October 18, 2013

Reduced night speed limit coming soon

ITD awaiting electronic signs for 2-mile stretch of highway


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

    Wildlife and motorists alike may encounter fewer collisions later this month when a 45-mile-per-hour nighttime speed limit is implemented on a two-mile stretch of state Highway 75 immediately north of Hailey.
    Instead of 55 miles per hour, as now posted, the speed limit for nighttime driving will be reduced to 45 mph from McKercher Boulevard in northern Hailey to Zinc Spur Road in the mid-valley. The stretch of highway has had a high frequency rate of vehicle collisions with elk and deer.
    The Idaho Transportation Department had hoped to have the reduced speed limit in place earlier this month, but has postponed implementation until all the parts are received to install electronic signs advising motorists of the change.
    “We’re really close,” ITD spokesman Nathan Jerke said Wednesday. “We’re just waiting for the last couple of pieces for signage coming in.”
    The reduced speed limit for the two-mile stretch of highway was approved by ITD following recommendations from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office, the Blaine County Regional Transportation Committee and its subcommittee, the Wildlife Crossing Committee.
“Everything’s coming together; we’re just waiting for those parts to come in,” Jerke said.
ITD plans an extensive public information campaign once the change is ready for implementation.
Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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