Tim Hatten, Moscow
The Moscow-Pullman Daily News 12/16/14
There’s been a lot of controversy over efforts to widen and improve the safety of U.S. Highway 95 from Thorn Creek Road to Moscow. Everybody wants to see this stretch of road improved, but the best means for doing so are contentious and under much debate. Lost in this debate, and in the lengthy process to reach a decision on the re-routing of the highway, is the resounding fact that there still remain safety concerns for the current route. Specifically, the Reisenauer Hill area, scene of numerous traffic accidents and fatalities, is as dangerous as ever, and poses a threat to the unwary winter traveler.
To help rectify this situation, a petition has been drafted asking the Idaho Transportation Department to implement the following tasks:
1. Immediately lower and seek enforcement of the posted speed limit on Reisenauer Hill.
2. Erect warning signs with the reduced speed limit and weather-activated, flashing, yellow lights on both approaches to this hill.
3. Install rumble strips both in the center line and in the fog lines of this section of road.
4. Place rumble strips in the pavement lane of travel immediately prior to the reduced speed limit signs.
I believe that addressing these tasks could help save lives, and I urge all to sign the petition. The last day to sign is December 17, so act now. It can be found at the following link: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/petition-to-the-idaho-1.