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Traffic Concerns About Local Intersection

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By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Washington Street North in Twin Falls was widened during a major road construction project a few years ago. While that has helped address current and future traffic needs here, drivers trying to get onto Washington Street from Heyburn Avenue have been having problems.

If you've tried to cross Washington Street North while you're driving on Heyburn Avenue in Twin Falls, you know it's a tough intersection to navigate. Drivers have to pull into the crosswalk on Heyburn to see if there's anything coming on Washington.

Local resident Charles Lemmon says, "I've measured it a couple of different ways, and you basically have, in a best case scenario, two seconds to make a decision about traffic going south on Washington Street that's going 35 miles per hour."

Before this section of Washington Street North could be widened, many homeowners gave up a good portion of their front yards. Unfortunately, that cut down on the distance that drivers can see down the street now, since it's impossible to see around the corner or even through the house here.

SSgt. Dennis Pullin with the Twin Falls Police Department says, "We're really limited with options on what can be done if the house is in the way creating a vision obstruction. The only other option would be to remove the house. I don't foresee that taking place."

The Traffic Safety Commission considered the situation, and also decided there wasn't anything they could do to remedy the problem now. Lemmon says that the city and or the state bought up some property that restricted traffic, but he didn't know why they didn't buy this particular property. As a result, there's no real resolution to this traffic problem, at least not right now.

Lemmon says, "Now what they're saying is there's nothing that can be done. I agree with them, but it doesn't diminish the traffic safety factor that was created by the city and the state."

Lemmon says with the speed of oncoming traffic, drivers only have one chance to "get it right" when it comes to pulling onto Washington Street.

Nov. 8, 2012.


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