Wednesday, October 30, 2013

ITD Drops Speed On Troubled Stretch of I-75 Tonight

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Saying that there have been too many vehicle/wildlife collisions on a patch of highway north of Hailey, the Idaho Transportation Department will begin a nighttime reduced speed limit on the 2.5-mile stretch beginning tonight.

From dusk to dawn, the speed limit on Idaho Highway 75 immediately north of Hailey will drop from 55 mph to 45 mph. Specifically, the reduced speed limit will include the stretch of highway north of McKercher Boulevard running to Zinc Spur Road.

According to ITD, the 2.5-mile stretch of highway is one of the state's most accident-prone areas for vehicles and wildlife. A recent ITD study indicated that there have been 60 vehicle crashes on the highway between 2007 and 2013, 32 of them involving wildlife. Of the wildlife accidents, 23 occurred at night. Most of the accidents occurred during dry, clear conditions.

ITD was scheduled to install new speed-limit signs, including light-sensitive warning beacons, on I-75 today.

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