US 26 in Idaho
US 26 is a US Highway in the US state of Idaho. The road forms an east-west route through the south of the state, from the Oregon border at Nyssa through the state capital Boise, Blackfoot, and Idaho Falls to the Wyoming border. The route is significantly double-numbered with other roads, especially US 20 and Interstate 84. The road is 652 kilometers long.
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At Nyssa, US 20 in Oregon crosses the Snake River from Bend and enters the state of Idaho. The road then merges with US 95 coming north from Payette. Both roads are then double-numbered for a few kilometers, after which US 20 turns southeast. US 95 continues towards Ely in Nevada. The road then leads to Caldwell, a town of 37,000 inhabitants. The road here is briefly double-numbered with Interstate 84. The road then turns east again and heads north of Nampa and Meridian to the capital, Boise. Boise is Idaho ‘s largest city. The road crosses Interstate 184. here, which connects downtown Boise to I-84. US 20 then splits into two one-way streets with 5 lanes each through downtown, then US 20 heads south on Broadway Avenue, rejoining Interstate 84. The road is also double-numbered with US 30, resulting in a quadruple numbering of I-84/US 20/US 26/US 30.
At Bliss, both US 30 and US 26 exit from I-84. US 26 runs east over the Snake River Plains, through a flat prairie desert area. One comes through Gooding and in Shoshone the US 93 merges from Twin Falls, creating a double numbering. The road then curves northeast and merges with US 20 at Carey, creating a 71-kilometer triple-numbering trail to Arco. You will then pass the Craters of the Moon National Monument. A striking landscape is present here, due to the endless lava fields. The US 20 is the only access road to this large park. At Arco, the US 93heading north towards Missoula and US 20 and US 26 merge a little further. The mountains to the north reach over 3000 meters. To the south lie the vast Snake River Plains.
Along the way is an expansive Idaho National Laboratory testing ground. In the middle of nowhere is the fork of US 20 and US 26. US 26 follows a somewhat more southerly route via Blackfoot, US 20 goes directly to Idaho Falls. The road then turns southeast and heads in a straight line to Blackfoot, where it intersects Interstate 15. US 26 then parallels I-15 northeast, along the Snake River. One then passes through the town of Idaho Falls, whereupon the road curves east, later southeast. The Snake River Plains give way to mountain peaks up to 3000 meters. This is the Caribou-Targhee National Forest and the road follows the course of the Snake River. The road rises to about 1,700 meters on the border with Wyoming. US 26 in Wyomingthen continues towards Jackson.
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US 26 was created in 1926, but did not pass directly through Idaho at the time. That first happened in 1951, when US 26 was extended west to Idaho Falls in the east of the state. In 1952, the route was extended further into Oregon, creating the current route through Idaho. US 26 is a bit of an artificial route because there are too few east-west routes in the south of the state, so US 26 follows an illogical route so as not to be double-numbered with US 20. Between the Oregon border and Idaho Falls, US 20 makes a more logical route than US 26, which makes detours south.
Every day, 3,400 vehicles cross the Oregon border, rising to 6,600 in Parma and 6,200 in Caldwell. Between I-84 and Gooding, 1,700 vehicles and 1,900 vehicles drive as far as Soshone. The section to Carey has 1,000 vehicles, increasing slightly to 1,100 to 1,300 vehicles between Carey and Arco. From Arco to Blackfoot there are 1,600 to 2,200 vehicles. From Idaho Falls to the Wyoming border, intensities drop from 6,300 to 2,200 vehicles.
US 93 in Idaho
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US 93 is a US Highway in the US state of Idaho. The road forms a north-south route through the center of the state, from the Nevada border at Jackpot through Twin Falls and Salmon to the Lost Trail Pass on the border with Montana. The route is 550 kilometers long.
US 93 in southern Idaho.
US 93 north of Challis.
At the casino town of Jackpot, US 93 in Nevada enters the state from Ely and then heads north through the desert to the agricultural plains of the Snake River Plains. In Twin Falls you cross US 30. Via the imposing Perrine Bridge, the road crosses the Snake River 140 meters below. The US 93 has 2×2 lanes here until it connects with Interstate 84. North of Twin Falls, the road continues through the Snake River Plains and joins US 26 at Shoshone from Gooding. The road then curves northeast and merges with US 20. at Carey, so that a triple numbering of 71 kilometers is created until Arco. You will then pass the Craters of the Moon National Monument. A striking landscape is present here, due to the endless lava fields. The US 20 is the only access road to this large park. At Arco, US 93 turns north toward Missoula and US 20 and US 26 merge a little further.
US 93 then runs northwest through the valley of the Big Lost River. To the west and east are imposing mountain ranges, with Borah Peak at 3,895 meters as the highest point in Idaho. The area still looks desert-like, with barren mountains. The road rises here to a height of about 1900 meters. The road runs parallel to the Lost River Range. The road then continues north through a remote mountain area along the Salmon River. The largest town on the route is Salmon, at the base of the Bitterroot Range with peaks reaching over 3,000 feet on the border with Montana. The road then ascends to Lost Trail Pass, which is 2,138 feet high and sits on the border with Montana. US 93 in Montana then continues toward Missoula.
US 93 was created in 1926 and the route has not changed substantially in Idaho since then. The road follows a slightly different route via Arco, a bit more east than straight from north to south, but there are no alternative routes in this area. US 93 is double-numbered with US 20 and US 26 in southern Idaho due to the lack of alternate routes.
Every day, 3,500 vehicles drive between the Utah border and Twin Falls and 21,600 vehicles between Twin Falls and I-84. North of I-84, the intensities drop rapidly to 1,000 vehicles toward Carey. North of Arco, the intensities drop from 1,300 to 500 vehicles and 600 vehicles at the Lost Trail Pass on the Montana border.