Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition
Motorists driving Idaho's north/south arterial spine were greeted Dec. 19 by protesters who want state officials to pay more attention to what they say is a particularly dangerous stretch of highway.
A group, calling itself the Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition, said it sent petitions to the Boise headquarters of the Idaho Transportation Department and the Federal Highways Administration this week, pointing to a rash of accidents and fatalities on U.S. Highway 95 near Moscow.
"Taxpayers are requesting that ITD lower and seek enforcement of the speed limit around Reisenauer Hill, erect reduced speed limit warning signs with weather-activated, flashing lights at both approaches to the hill, and install rumble strips in the center and fog lines, and in the traffic lanes before the warning signs, on this section of Highway 95," the PRDC wrote in a statement.
On Friday, working in shifts to maintain a presence from the afternoon and into the evening, protesters waved signs to motorists reading: "Danger Ahead," "U.S. 95 Unsafe" and "Go Slow, Live for the Holidays."
In particular, the group wants ITD and federal highway officials to focus on a seven-mile stretch in southern Moscow and Riesenauer Hill, which the group says is the most dangerous stretch in north-central Idaho, according to state statistics.
A spokesman for ITD confirmed that the department had indeed received the petition on Friday.