Safety improvements recommended in Ashton

ASHTON, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Following a speed study of traffic on US 20 through the city of Ashton, the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is recommending several safety improvements.

Recommendations include installing flashing yellow lights, school zone signs and reducing speeds while school is in session.

The speed study included a thorough analysis of crash rate, traffic volumes, road condition, access points, number of lanes, bicycle/pedestrian use and roadside development along US 20 through the city of Ashton.

ITD has already made several safety improvements at the intersection of ID 47 and US 20.

Crews installed a flashing "stop ahead" warning sign, a flashing stop sign and rumble strips to alert drivers approaching the intersection on ID 47.

After conducting and finalizing the engineering analysis, ITD has determined the speed limit should only drop to 35 mph during transition times for school. During the rest of the day, the speed will remain at 45 mph.

ITD also has a future project to add a signal light at the intersection of US 20 and ID 47, which is currently scheduled for Fiscal Year 2023.

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