Driving

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With summer unofficially starting Monday, the time of year for road trips is here. As a lot of people hit the road over the long weekend, safety officials are urging drivers to be careful not just for increased holiday traffic but for the whole summer ahead.

Not to rain on any parades this holiday weekend, but Memorial Day marks the start of the hundred deadliest days on the roads. With temperatures rising and school not in session, many families plan vacations this time of year and a good amount of them drive. More people on the roads means a greater chance of accidents.

Ada County Highway District

Starting next week, the Ada County Highway District will begin work on a major construction project at Cole Road and Fairview Avenue in Boise. That will impact your commute.

Beginning January 3, ACHD will start the project by closing down Cole Road south of Fairview through February. Drivers will be detoured to Milwaukee and Curtis through Emerald.

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If you’re getting in the car and traveling this weekend, you won’t be alone. AAA Idaho expects 176,000 Idahoans will be driving somewhere over Memorial Day.

Add in other forms of travel, and AAA expects 200,000 Idahoans to travel at least 50 miles over the holiday.

National Weather Service Boise

The first big winter storm of the season is headed for southern Idaho. The National Weather Service in Boise says a storm is moving in from the Pacific and will bring rain first and then snow.

Josh Smith is a meteorologist in Boise. He says the rain will start Tuesday night in the Treasure Valley. “And then that will be switching to snow probably around 7 or 8 a.m., maybe a little bit later than that, and then we’ll see up to an inch of snow in the Boise Metro area,” Smith says.

Most of the snow will hit Wednesday.

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Drivers in downtown Boise Wednesday may find their commute a bit different. Two streets, 13th and 14th, went from one-way to two-way overnight. The Ada County Highway District (ACHD) did this with four other downtown streets last year; 3rd, 4th, 11th and 12th. It plans to convert Jefferson Street next year.

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Gas prices in Idaho are falling fast, compared to the rest of the country. Idaho’s prices have dropped 30 cents in the last 30 days, while the U.S. average price has dropped just a nickel over the last month.

Triple A Idaho’s Dave Carlson says Idaho’s gas prices were well above where they should have been. A month ago, they were 46 cents higher than the national average.

Carlson says there are five refineries that serve the southwestern part of the state and they may not have been able to keep up with the need in this part of the country.

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If you’re in your car, Boise is the third safest city in America to go driving, according to Allstate Insurance Company.