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As you travel through work zones, slow down and drive engaged.

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Work Zone Awareness News

Work begins next week to resurface US-2 from US-95 to Montana

May 23, 2024
  On May 28 the Idaho Transportation Department will begin resurfacing U.S. Highway 2 starting at its junction with U.S....
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The westbound on-ramp will close at the I-84 South Jerome Interchange (Exit 168) in late May

May 23, 2024
The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) will close the westbound on-ramp (heading toward Boise) at the I-84 South Jerome Interchange (Exit 168) on Tuesday, May 28. The ramp will remain closed for a few months while crews build the new westbound on-ramp.  
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US-20 Exit 332 in Rexburg to fully close Wednesday, May 29 for construction

May 22, 2024
Exit 332 on U.S. Highway 20 in Rexburg will completely close for one month beginning next Wednesday, May 29 to...
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Construction continues on I-15 at Inkom

May 17, 2024
The Idaho Transportation Department is continuing work on the Interstate roadway and bridges from the south Inkom interchange to the...
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Work begins to improve ride on SH-54 east of Athol

May 14, 2024
  Work begins today on SH-54 east of Athol on a minor paving improvement project ahead of sealcoat work later...
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Crews pave near Aht’Wy Plaza this month

May 10, 2024
Motorists should expect minor traffic changes on U.S. Highway 95 and U.S. Highway 12 Aht’Wy Plaza Interchange near the Clearwater River Casino and Lodge as early as next week.
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Work Zones: Short Duration Operations

Along with larger road construction projects, which are typically well-marked and have better visibility for drivers, the work of ITD’s highway maintenance crews also often includes a lot of Short Duration Operations. These can pop up anywhere, at any time. Whether it is a highway worker stopping to remove a shredded tire or animal carcass from the road, or performing maintenance work like an impromptu guardrail repair right next to the travel lanes, these jobs generally put workers closer to the road, and closer to danger – there is less time for the worker or the driver to take evasive action in those circumstances. Sadly, an ITD operator was killed just outside Arco during a Short Duration Operation, reminding us all of the importance of being safe and vigilant in all work zones across the state.



Drive Safe. Work Safe. Save Lives.

Work Zone Safety Vests

ITD 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.


Safety News

Drive safe, the 100 Deadliest Days are upon us

May 24, 2024
Memorial Day weekend is shaping up to be a busy travel time in the Gem State. Idaho is about to...
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87% of Idahoans wear their seat belt. Let’s make it 100%

May 20, 2024
Eighty-seven percent of Idahoans wear their seat belt, according to the Idaho Office of Highway Safety’s (OHS) 2023 observational seatbelt...
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ITD installing sensors at Idaho Ports of Entry to find damaged tires

May 14, 2024
A tire blowout on a semitruck traveling at highway speeds can be dangerous, even deadly. As part of the Idaho...
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Safe walking, biking, and scootering: Idaho receives youth mobility grant

May 2, 2024
In May, we honor both National Bicycle Safety Month and National Youth Traffic Safety Month. Idaho is among the five...
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Riders invited to Motorcycle Awareness Rally on May 4

April 30, 2024
It is that time of year again! The time when more motorcyclists are out on Idaho roads. May is Motorcycle...
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Public safety partners in North Idaho take a new approach to DUI crash reduction

March 29, 2024
  North Idaho is a special place – pristine lakes, snowcapped mountains, and lush forests make it a destination for...
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ITD’s new split scales combat uneven tire wear on commercial vehicles

March 21, 2024
Tires wearing out early on commercial vehicles can be dangerous for the driver and other vehicles on the road. Conventional...
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Slow your roll: Statewide campaign aims to calm speeding and aggressive driving

March 19, 2024
From speeding, to weaving, to failing to yield there’s more to aggressive driving than just road rage. From March 19-30,...
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Don’t rely on luck, plan a sober ride home on St. Patrick’s Day

March 12, 2024
With St. Patrick's Day around the corner, it's important that everyone celebrate safely, and get a sober ride home. Expect...
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511 Road Report


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What are the weather conditions on the Idaho routes you plan to travel?

Remote Weather Information System StationThe Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) has developed a network of weather stations, 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.

511 B4 U GO!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. Back in 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.”

Move Over Law

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“Move Over” Law

Law signed by Governor Brad Little
House Bill 106

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“Slow Down, Move Over” protects emergency responders and maintenance crews working to keep our roads safe

 
ITD Safety VestThe “Move Over” law provided protections for police by requiring motorists to move over for law-enforcement personnel operating with flashing lights. Now drivers must also move over for other emergency responders to traffic incidents, too, such as tow truck operators using flashing lights in a stationary position.


Vehicles pass by ITD workers every day on the state highways or the interstate at 60-80 mph or more. The sudden gush of air from the passing motorist or the rocking of the ITD vehicle as a semi passes by is a sober reminder that death is only feet away.


Work Zone Safety Vest “The ‘Move Over’ Law makes an inherently risky job safer for our staff,” said Jerry Wilson, ITD Operations Engineer in North Idaho. “At highway speeds, it only takes a split second for an accident to happen, so making some space to allow our crews to maintain the roads makes the highways safer, both for us and the traveling public.”

“We really appreciate the courtesy of other drivers who slow down and move over to give us a safer space to do our jobs,” said ITD Treasure Valley Incident Response driver Kyle Wright. “That buffer of space makes a big difference. The less we have to worry about vehicles moving past us, the more we’re able to focus on the incidents we’re working on, and hopefully remedy them more safely and quickly.”

Resources

Upper Mesa Falls in Eastern Idaho
Upper Mesa Falls in Eastern Idaho

Idaho Maps

  • Idaho Highway Map – Digital version (36 MB)
    • The Idaho Highway Map includes paved and unpaved routes, cities, counties, scenic byways, historical trails, state and national parks, backcountry airports, ski areas, and more.
  • Idaho Motorcycle Routes Map – Digital version
    • The Idaho Motorcycle Map highlights scenic routes and designates technical sections for more experienced riders. Safety information and resources are also included.
    • Motorcycle Safety Information

Websites for traveling Idaho

 

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Idaho History
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Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) Information

  • Idaho Highway Map – Digital or print version (36 MB)
    • The Idaho Highway Map includes paved and unpaved routes, cities, counties, scenic byways, historical trails, state and national parks, backcountry airports, ski areas, and more.
  • Idaho Motorcycle Routes Map – Digital or print version
    • The Idaho Motorcycle Map highlights scenic routes and designates technical sections for more experienced riders. Safety information and resources are also included.
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Spring Driving

Spring Load Limits

  • For information on current restrictions, load limits & locations on Idaho highways go to: 511.idaho.gov

Spring conditions with roads breaking up

Spring Driving Hazards
Spring Driving Hazards
Every spring, ITD imposes spring breakup load limits to protect our highways. This practice minimizes damage to these roads from heavier vehicle loads using these routes during the freeze-thaw cycle. Spring breakup load limits are fairly common in areas with the most severe winter weather — northern and eastern Idaho.

Typically, larger commercial vehicles are limited to a lower speed and axle weight.

When subjected to high speeds and heavy loads, soft spots begin to wear, eventually breaking up and creating potholes.

Motorists are urged to be patient when traveling on highways where limitations have been placed.

Large Rock SlideThere’s nothing like a car-sized boulder resting in the middle of a highway to wreak havoc with your highway travels. Driving has its share of inherent risks, but ITD wants to do everything possible to narrow down the list of hazards.

Every year, the potential exists for rockfall. If there’s moisture in the air, chances are pretty good there will eventually be rocks that tumble down to the road below. This is because when hillside soils get saturated by that moisture, they start to give way and can no longer hold back the rocks embedded in those soils. Precipitation in the form of snow, rain or even fog with a high moisture content increase the chances of a slide.

Not everyone will be like the massive landslide near Elk City in 2016, but it is a stark reminder of the dangers posed this time of year.

These events demonstrate an increased likelihood of rocks and debris releasing from hillsides each spring, especially for highways bordered closely by steep hillsides or mountains.

“Many of Idaho’s highways cut through forests and along steep slopes,” said ITD Emergency Program Supervisor Neal Murphy. “In the spring, when soils are saturated, the risk of falling debris is significantly higher. That is especially true in forests that have experienced recent fire or in mountainous terrain that is vulnerable to avalanches.”

The Idaho Transportation Department reminds drivers to plan ahead and check the 5-1-1 traveler advisory system (via phone or web) before heading out, especially to the mountains.

Boulder in roadwayIn the event of a slide or rocks on the road, drivers are asked pull onto the shoulder, turn emergency flashers on, and call local law enforcement, the local ITD office or nearest maintenance facility with a location description or milepost. Remain in the vehicle until help arrives.

The landslide west of Elk City carried about 235,000 cubic yards of material – 47 million lbs. – down to the highway. The biggest boulder near Smiths Ferry was estimated at 29 tons. While those are staggering numbers, even much smaller debris could derail a motorcyclist or bicyclist.

A recent spring was highlighted by a 50-ton boulder coming down the hill on Warm Springs in Boise, a rockslide on Idaho Highway 97 in northern Idaho that carried an estimated 450 tons of debris, a huge boulder on Idaho Highway 55 at Smiths Ferry (above photo), and this massive boulder in eastern Idaho.

spring avalanche and rock slideSpring snow conditions can be deceptive. While the air may feel warmer and thoughts turn to spring, often conditions are ripe for a springtime slide.

Our ITD avalanche forecasting crew remains busy into the spring, monitoring avalanche conditions. Even in years with less snowpack, warmer weather creates higher avalanche danger. It can be a time of high volatility from loose, wet snow. Spring can also hold avalanche hazards not encountered during the colder parts of winter. Snowpack and weather transitioning into a warmer and wetter spring pattern can result in snow instability.

Due to this risk, our avalanche crew continues to actively monitor snow pack and evaluate weather conditions outside of the traditional winter months. Their assessment guides decisions related to keeping motorists and our road crews safe.

Snow avalanchesITD encourages anyone that lives, works or travels through our state’s avalanche zones to visit 511.idaho.gov before you head out. It provides updated traveler conditions, information on potential closures or other hazards.

Winter Ready

511 Road Report

Features:
Camera Views
Current Road Conditions
Current Weather Data
Load Restriction Routes
Message Boards
Rest Area Locations
Trucker Information
Go to 511.idaho.gov or Call: 511

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Shifting the Conversation

Winter Safety Campaign
Be Here Tomorrow | SHIFT

VIDEO: Rules to LVE By


SHIFT | Drive Well Idaho

Learn about Idaho’s effort to SHIFT driving behaviors @ shift-idaho.org

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How to be safe around snowplows

The safest spot is behind the snowplow

  1. Do not pass a plow on the right. Plows have a 10-foot extendable wing plow on the right side that may be difficult to see in snowy conditions.
  2. Provide ample space for plows to work and steer clear of their blind spots. This also means increasing your following distance behind the plow.
  3. Practice patience and stay behind the plow for the safest road conditions.
  4. Plows often operate in pairs to clear multiple lanes; never position yourself between tandem plows.
  5. In case of a crash or if you need to stop on the side of the road, stay inside your vehicle for both your safety and that of our plow operators.

Top 10 Winter Driving Tips
Top 10 Winter Driving Tip

Video: Winter Driving Tips
Driving Tips | Are you Idaho Ready?

Road & Weather Conditions, Cameras & Construction

Be prepared for changing travel conditions all across Idaho

• Go to: 511.idaho.gov | Idaho’s 511 Road Report

• Learn more about Idaho highways at Winter Driving: Be Idaho Ready
• For construction project locations & details go to: itdprojects.idaho.gov
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Winter Emergency Kit
Winter Emergency Kit

Winter Driving in Idaho

Whether you’ve lived in Idaho your whole life or are a new resident, it’s important to do everything you can to prepare for an Idaho winter. As the cold weather sets in, so do winter road conditions.

How do you prepare for winter travel in Idaho?

We recommend starting by calling 5-1-1 or visiting 511.idaho.gov to check road conditions and alerting friends and family of your travel plans (especially if you are traveling through areas with poor cellular service).

Winter Driving Checklist: Is your vehicle ready for the road? Did you pack essential items in case of an emergency?

Studded Snow Tire Dates: Legal use timeframes for Idaho and surrounding states