Pole Line Road: Check Your Speed Or Pay The Fine


By Joey Martin

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) A road in Twin Falls has drivers checking their speedometers.

Police say speeding on Poleline Road is a common occurrence.

As Idaho’s First News found out…

Police will be continuing to enforce that area to make it safe.

In 2004, Poleline Road was reconstructed from a two lane road to its current 6 lanes.

The speed limit was initially set at 45 miles per hour.

But in 2012, it was reduced to 35.

"We do a lot of speed enforcement in this area because we do see a lot of speed violations along that stretch of Poleline. 45 is a pretty common speed we see around here, 45...46 miles per hour."
Said Twin Falls Police Officer, J.P. O’Donnell.

Police are seeing drivers hitting around 10 miles over the posted limit on a daily basis.

But, speeding may be something the Idaho Transportation Department can explain.

"This is a concert surface that does have a longer life service than an asphalt surface does. It was designed and constructed to facilitate smooth driving at a little higher speed at 45 to 50 miles per hour. It does play a little trick on you that...it is so smooth that you don't realize you're exceeding the speed limit at 35 miles per hour."
Said Nathan Jerke, Public Information Officer for the Idaho Department of Transportation

The city of Twin Falls points to safety being the main reason behind the 35 mile per hour speed limit.

"Engineers have stated to us that it was designed for higher speeds. I just enforce those speed limits. I’m not the ones that set those speed limits, but I do have to go out and enforce the different speed limits that are set throughout the city."
Setting a safe speed limit for one of the most policed 1.4 miles of roadway in the area.

ITD and the city of Twin Falls currently have no plans to increase the speed limit on Poleline.

As future growth continues, both entities are confident the road's current speed limit will be sufficient in standing up to the increasing numbers.

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