Drivers ready for congested Labor Day travel on Highway 55

Drivers ready for congested Labor Day travel on Highway 55 »Play Video

EAGLE, Idaho (KBOI) - Flaggers will help some people get home to the Treasure Valley Monday. They'll be stationed where Highway 55 meets Banks-Lowman Road for most of Labor Day.

"If you don't have the flaggers, you can sit for over a half hour without getting one or two cars out," said Reed Conger of Boise.

The Idaho Transportation Department says the busiest time is 3 to 6 p.m. Officials recommend folks plan an extra hour for the drive back to Boise.

"I was probably going to come back around 5 (p.m.), but you said peak is 3 to 6 (p.m.), so maybe we'll wait till about 6 (p.m.) because it's only 2 hours to get back anyways," said Adam Hagaman of Caldwell. "We have to get the kids to bed and ready for school the next day."

Drivers say the delays are just part of the holiday weekend.

"I think it's going to be bad," said Anna Schafer of Boise. "I think everybody's going to be heading back from the mountains, and we might be in that lineup. Who knows?"

Conger said a drive down Highway 55 that normally lasts an hour may take anywhere from 90 minutes to 3 hours at the end of a holiday weekend.

Starting at 10 a.m., flaggers will be stationed at what will become a very busy intersection. They'll be there until 7 p.m. or until traffic winds down.