Hundreds of highway signs in southwest Idaho to be repaired
Nearly 150 highway signs along southwest Idaho roads will be repaired in early or late spring as the Idaho Transportation Department performs its annual sign repairs. ITD is responsible for providing safe roads for Idaho motorists, which includes ensuring clear and understandable information by providing proper signage on roadways, said ITS spokesman Reed Hollinshead.
The signs to be repaired are located on Interstate 84 from the Oregon Border to just east of Mountain Home (milepost 0-121), on the Connector, U.S. 20/26 in Boise and on the U.S. 95 Spur in Fruitland.
Of the 149 sign locations to be upgraded, 73 sign locations are in need of total replacement of sign faces, posts and foundations. Another 76 will have new sign faces only.
"Almost 26,000 square feet of signs will be repaired, with crews replacing damaged posts, replacing old sign bases with new break-safe sign bases, improving brackets and updating the reflectivity on sign panels where the paint has dulled," said ITD project manager Jim Justice.
Most of the work will be on the shoulder and will not require lane closures. All work that impacts traffic will be conducted overnight. No work will take place on the Connector during the evenings of home Boise State football games. Lane closures will be coordinated with special events if necessary. Work also will not be done during the Fourth of July holiday.
“This work will be done under a contract, as the sheer volume of sign repairs would quickly overwhelm ITD’s five-man Sign Crew. Most of the signs are original and are fading,” Hollinshead said.
The project is expected to finish by late summer.
(photo: courtesy Idaho Transportation Department)