Speed Limit Increases on Flying Wye, Chinden, Decreases on State

Posted by George Prentice on Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 9:09 AM

The Idaho Transportation Department announced Wednesday that it was raising the speed limit on two of the Treasure Valley's busiest corridors while lower the limit on another.

Once resurfacing is complete on the Flying Wye Connector, expected to wrap up in late September, ITD said it will bump up the speed limit from 55 mph to 60 mph in a stretch from the Flying Wye to River Street. ITD estimates that 57,000 vehicles travel the Flying Wye each weekday.

Meanwhile, ITD also unveiled new speed limit signs this morning along a four-mile section of Chinden Boulevard in Garden City. The limit from Eagle Road to Coffey Street will increase from 45 mph to 50 mph.

But beginning Tuesday, Aug. 7, ITD is lowering the speed limit on State Street between Glenwood Street and Highway 55 from 55 mph to 45 mph. State officials said because of the number of schools, businesses and side streets along the 2.2 mile stretch, safety concerns led to the decrease. ITD said there had been 170 crashes on the stretch of road in the past five years.

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