ACHD Considers Regulating Roadside Memorials 

click to enlarge - "Ghost bikes," like this one on State Street memorializing Victor Haskell, would be considered "temporary memorials" if the ACHD Commission adopts new rules. -  - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • "Ghost bikes," like this one on State Street memorializing Victor Haskell, would be considered "temporary memorials" if the ACHD Commission adopts new rules.


The Ada County Highway District is set to consider a proposal that would place limits on roadside memorials.

At its scheduled meeting Wednesday, July 8, ACHD commissioners will hear a draft policy that would give the highway district regulatory authority over memorials along Ada County roads. Such memorials might include markers of fatal accidents and include crosses and ghost bikes.

Should commissioners approve the proposal—which could happen as early as Wednesday, July 22—all roadside memorials would need to be registered with ACHD and subject to inspections and modifications including "relocating or amending the entire display or some of its elements." Non-registered memorials would be subject to removal.

The proposal also distinguishes between a "temporary" and "permanent" memorial: The former would be allowed to stand for up to a year before being required to register with ACHD as a permanent memorial. Ghost bikes, which mark locations where bicyclists have died, are considered temporary under the proposed rule.

As an alternative to a marker, memorialists may receive signs from ACHD containing a safety message and the deceased person's name. 

If adopted, the new rule would replace existing policy that allows memorials on the basis that they don't create safety or use hazards along Ada County roads.

More information about the proposal is available at the ACHD website
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