The seemed so out of place we stopped to see if we could figure just why they were installed. There isn’t a structure within sight. There wasn’t another road or or even a break in the barbed wire fence for a driveway.
There wasn’t a construction site or other spot where farm equipment or construction trucks would be entering the roadway.
The location is outside the city limits, so Team Dave’s parking Nazis wouldn’t be able to write tickets. The only conclusion we could make is that SOMEONE with enough political pull has requested the signs. We will await word from our friends at Ada County Highway District to track down the rationale for installing no parking signs on a lonely desert road.
Meanwhile, feel free to offer your own thoughts.
THE ANSWER IS…
It took a while, but we got to the bottom of it: ACHD installed the signs in 1996 at the request of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office to help fight drag racing – presumably, the spectators stopping along the side of the “track,” I guess. (Your memory or intuition was right on.) Eight signs went in and only three remain. We checked with S.O. today, and they no longer want the signs along the road, as the issue seems to have gone away sometime in the last 18 years. We’ll be pulling them out in coming days/weeks, as work allows.
Chief Information Officer
Ada County Highway District
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