Construction season is here!
As you drive through work zones slow down and be extra attentive.
Drive Well Idaho | Check out these videos for driver interaction with different types of ITD work zones ranging from urban and rural construction, to ITD maintenance work.
Work Zone Safety Videos
- Highway Worker (60 sec.)
- Family Vacation (60 sec.)
- Business Commuter (60 sec.)
- Combined Video (60 sec.)
511 Road Report
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Road Conditions, Construction & More
Be prepared for changing travel conditions in Idaho
Drive Carefully in Work Zones
In Idaho, there were 15 work zone fatalities from 2013-2017, with 1,960 crashes in work zones during that same time period. Drivers are asked to put away distractions and pay extra attention to their surroundings. Safer driving means safer work zones for all.
ITD continually takes steps to improve employee safety. Last fall, the department shifted to high-visibility yellow vests to stand out from the orange barrels and equipment on the side of the road. ITD also recommends a common-sense approach to driving in work zones:
- Slow down and drive at the posted speed limit or at speeds appropriate for conditions.
- Adhere to traffic signs and follow the directions of flaggers and pilot cars, when present. Prepare for heavy equipment operating in the area.
- Watch for altered traffic patterns or reduced lane widths. Devote your full attention to driving and avoid distractions such as cell-phone use.
- Check before leaving home to determine whether you might encounter highway construction. Call 5-1-1, check 511.idaho.gov or download the 511 app.
- Expect delays and exercise patience.
- Always wear a seat belt.
Travelers can access the Idaho road report online at 511.idaho.gov, download the free 511 mobile app, or call 5-1-1 for route information.
Idaho’s Highway Information System, or 511, features route conditions and weather, camera views, construction impacts, delays, closures and more. The mobile app can be customized by the user according to preferred route. Cameras and weather stations positioned all across the state help travelers make their driving plans. Recent improvements to the 511 Traveler Services platform allow drivers to more efficiently track driving conditions, and review a six-hour weather forecast on certain highway routes.
In addition to road reports, cameras and weather data posts on 511.idaho.gov, here are the travel-related features.
- Construction Locations & Impacts
- Electronic Signs – Location & Current Message
- Mountain Passes
- Public Transit Routes
- Rest Area Locations
- Surronding States’ Road Report Links
- Traffic Speeds
- Truckers’ Information
- Weather Warnings
- Winter Driving Conditions
Just before the first snowfall and Thanksgiving travel in 2005, the online 511 traveler service was unveiled, bringing a new level of service and trip preparation to Idaho drivers. More than 31 million visits after that November day more than a decade ago, an enhanced 511 service thrives.
What are the weather conditions on the Idaho routes you plan to travel?
The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) has developed a network of 140 weather station, also called Roadway Weather Information Stations or RWIS. These weather stations are located throughout Idaho along the highway system managed by ITD. Go online at 511.idaho.gov to see the latest weather data for each station location.
ITD maintenance crews use the weather stations to gauge local weather conditions and determine the best responses for road clearing. This RWIS data helps our snowplow drivers and other technicians to know how much salt, sand or de-icer to use, and where it is needed. The RWIS program is a highly successful system that many other states, and more than a dozen other countries, have requested program details.
Using RWIS data, ITD crews have been able to keep roads clear and passable more than 85% of the time during winter storms. As recently as 2010, that stood at just 28%. Go to the ITD Dashboard to see the latest report on “Time Highways Clear of Snow/Ice During Winter Storms.”
Maps & Resources
- ORDER the Official Idaho State Highway Map – FREE!
- Idaho’s Highway Map – Print version (36 MB)
- Rest Area Locations Map
- Idaho DMV County Offices Locations Map
- Idaho Highway Routes – Route details in digital & satellite views
- Milepoint Log Map – Mile post locations along Idaho’s highways
- Route/Agency Map – Identifies what agency maintains each roadway
Learn about Idaho history as you travel throughout Idaho. Watch for the Historical Markers as you drive Idaho.
- Map of the Historical Marker Locations in Idaho
- ITD’s Historical Markers Guide
- Idaho Highway History, 1863 to 1975
- Idaho Scenic & Back Country Byways | Taking the road less traveled
- Discover Idaho – The Official Idaho Travel Guide from visitid.org
- Transporting a Boat | Watercraft Inspections | Invasive Species
Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) Information
- “The Transporter” ITD’s weekly newsletter
- Sign Up for “ITD News” Emails
- ITD Quick Facts
- Idaho Autonomous & Connected Vehicle Testing Deployment Committee First Report to the Governor – 2018
- Idaho Funding Primer – 2015
- Idaho Funding Pocket Guide – 2014
- Governor’s Task Force on Modernizing Transportation Funding – 2011 Final Report
- How does ITD Prepare for Winter?
- Why does ITD use salt?
- Speed Limits — Why do we need them? How are they set?
- What is Access Management?
- How do Flashing Yellow Arrow Traffic Signals Work?
- What is Incident Response?
- Why do I need an Encroachment Permit?
- What is Idaho’s Quick Clearance Law?
- Seal Coating: Why do we do it?
Idaho DMV Focus
- Welcome to Idaho – A Guide for People Moving from Another State to Idaho
- Abandoned Vehicles
- Be Sure to Insure
- Boat Hull Identification
- Changing Your Name – Don’t Forget to Change Your Driver’s License
- First Driver’s License
- Idaho Ports of Entry
- Is Your Truck Registered Correctly?
- Noncommercial (Class D) Skills Test Guide
- Requirements for Commercial Driver’s License
- Star Card – Idaho’s REAL ID
- Surviving Spouse – A Titles and Registration Guide for Surviving Spouses and Family Members
- Transporting Livestock
- Titles – A Guide for Titling Vehicles