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Page 20 Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Flaggers at Idaho 55, Banks will assist drivers over holiday weekend If your holiday plans include travel on Idaho 55, the Idaho Transportation Department 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. Since 1995, the transportation depart- ment has assisted motorists over the longer Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day holiday weekends at the heavily traveled junc- tion. Travelers will see electronic message boards and flaggers in that corridor to help move traffic smoothly on Monday (Sept. 3), starting at 10 a.m. Flaggers will remain in place until traffic on the Banks-Lowman highway can safely enter Idaho 55 without aid. An Incident Response vehicle also will be stationed at the junction. "Congestion is heaviest in this area, as trav- elers from the Garden Valley area access Idaho 55, ITD Maintenance Engineer Tom Points said. "We want everyone to have a safe and fun trip: During holiday weekends, significantly more vehicles travel on those roads as compared to the average day. The Adams County Record About three times as much traffic travels on Idaho 55 than on the Banks-to-Lowman highway, so the flaggers maintain that same 3-to-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 state- wide July 3-5. The transportation department offers the following tips for holiday weekend travelers: Congestion is usually heaviest on the last afternoon of the holiday weekend, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Consider returning from your trip before or after that time to avoid the rush. Consider using an alternate route. To use U.S. 95, travel north on Idaho 55 from McCall, take U.S. 95 south and use Interstate 84 to return to the Treasure Valley. This route may take less time than using Idaho 55 on a congested day. Recreationists leaving the Garden Valley area might consider using Idaho 21 to return to the Treasure Valley. If you choose to use Idaho 55 when con- gestion is heaviest, be patient and plan an extra hour or two for your return trip. EPA MBRF : ..................................... f1320.485 2 Ford Fusion SE AVAVAV0000 ................ , PG HWY EPA ..... $24,165 .... Rebate ....................... $3,000 Cash* ........ ....... ;. $750 ...... .... :Gtry Discount ...................... $1,250 .......... #12"r172 XLT EcoBoost 21 MPG HWY E .... MBRP .......... ;::..,..,:::,' .... 1.295; -FactoryReloate . .... ' i : ...... .... $-,500 -FMCC Bonus Cash ......... . ..... $1.000 -Trade In Assistence**** ............. $1,000 -r00sntw oiscount .... iii'" ..... " ........ 00,5oo Super Crew qUR SCHOOL $8,000 to Ontario High Sohooi, [3ate: Saturday, August SISth beginning at S s.m. Looation: Ontario High School Perking Lot or at the Qentry Ford P