Proposed safety changes on Eagle Road

The Idaho Transportation Department has presented a proposed plan to the Meridian City Council, to alleviate congestion on Eagle Road.

Eagle Road has over 60,000 vehicles traveling on it daily, and ITD wants to enhance driver safety.

CBS2 reports between 2019 and 2023, about 2,000 crashes occurred on Eagle Road, with 64% of them between Franklin and Chinden.

An alarming 75% of these crashes happened at intersections, with two-thirds being rear-end collisions.

To improve safety, ITD proposes three alternatives to manage congestion times.

Adding 10 yellow signs that say “Watch for Stopped Traffic.”

Labeling “Congestion Zones” on the busiest parts of the road and adding signs to alert drivers.

And implementing an adjustable speed limit for different times of the day.

The proposed variable speed limit is 45 miles per hour, effective from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.