ITD encourages safe travel on Memorial Day weekend outings;
If your holiday weekend plans include travel on Idaho 55, ITD asks you to avoid the heaviest traffic by traveling outside peak travel times or using alternate routes. ITD will arrange for flaggers to help with traffic flow through the Idaho 55 junction with the Banks-to-Lowman Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway.
An Incident Response vehicle also will be stationed at the junction.
"Congestion is heaviest in this section, as travelers from the Garden Valley area access Idaho 55," ITD Maintenance Engineer Tom Points said. "We want everyone to have a safe and fun weekend."
There is about three times as much traffic on Idaho 55 than on the Banks-to-Lowman highway, so the flaggers maintain that same 3:1 ratio in terms of traffic delays - 30-minute delays on the Banks-to-Lowman highway and 10 minutes on Idaho 55.
All ITD projects will be suspended during the holiday weekend and many will resume Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.
The transportation department offers the following tips for holiday weekend travelers: