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Title: Interesting US 30S relic
Post by: xonhulu on July 23, 2010, 04:43:12 PM
While on my recent trip, I decided to follow the historic route of US 30S between Burley and Snowville.  When 30S was decommissioned, the portion in Idaho became ID 81, but apparently at some point that route was curtailed to Malta, where it shares a mutual endpoint with ID 77.  I'm not sure who has jurisdiction over the section from Malta to the Utah line, because of the signage I encountered there:

(http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/ss166/xonhulu/US%20Routes/CR30-SID77Malta1.jpg?t=1279917188)

(http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/ss166/xonhulu/US%20Routes/CR30-SID77Malta2.jpg?t=1279917526)

This is the only reference I found to the road having any designation until Utah, where it becomes UT 42.  It's interesting that they went back to the US Route designation for the road.  My question is, does anybody have an idea what "R.R.H.D." stands for?
Title: Re: Interesting US 30S relic
Post by: TheStranger on July 23, 2010, 04:47:14 PM
Complete guess is that the "RR" stands for "Regional Road" but then it doesn't explain the HD part...
Title: Re: Interesting US 30S relic
Post by: kj3400 on July 23, 2010, 04:50:04 PM
"Highway Designation"?
Title: Re: Interesting US 30S relic
Post by: xonhulu on July 23, 2010, 04:53:59 PM
Complete guess is that the "RR" stands for "Regional Road" but then it doesn't explain the HD part...

I thought "Rural Route" as that's what "RR" use to stand for in Post Office addresses when I was younger.
Title: Re: Interesting US 30S relic
Post by: agentsteel53 on July 23, 2010, 05:04:04 PM
"Raft River Highway District".  I have pictures of that sign from 2007 and I'm shocked - shocked! - to find that I haven't posted it yet to the shield gallery!

did you see the big stone state-shaped Welcome to Idaho sign at the state line?  that dates to the 60s.
Title: Re: Interesting US 30S relic
Post by: xonhulu on July 23, 2010, 05:20:45 PM
"Raft River Highway District".  I have pictures of that sign from 2007 and I'm shocked - shocked! - to find that I haven't posted it yet to the shield gallery

O.k. that's what the letters stand for, but what does that mean?  State or county maintenance?

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did you see the big stone state-shaped Welcome to Idaho sign at the state line?  that dates to the 60s.

Yeah, that was pretty cool.  It has probably survived due to the extremely low traffic that route now receives.
Title: Re: Interesting US 30S relic
Post by: agentsteel53 on July 23, 2010, 05:29:54 PM
O.k. that's what the letters stand for, but what does that mean?  State or county maintenance?

my guess is Cassia County, as googling "Raft River Highway District" brings up an office in downtown Malta.

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Yeah, that was pretty cool.  It has probably survived due to the extremely low traffic that route now receives.


good to know that's still there!  no US-30S shields, though, as far as I know.  or distant I-80N trailblazers.
Title: Re: Interesting US 30S relic
Post by: TheStranger on July 23, 2010, 05:31:09 PM
xonhulu: A brief Google search of the RRHD brings up...

http://www.google.com/#hl=en&source=hp&q=%22Raft+River+Highway+District%22&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=CbEFVmAlKTJu8G4fQ6AO_layZDQAAAKoEBU_Q6iDY&fp=ca9b2c0382ceaa67

- several mentions of highway reconstruction projects
- names of other Idaho regional highway districts
- the RRHD joining a pension program in 1973

They seem to be based in Malta and looking at the links provided by the Google search, appear to be Cassia County's highway maintenance organization.
Title: Re: Interesting US 30S relic
Post by: xonhulu on July 23, 2010, 05:32:20 PM
good to know that's still there!  no US-30S shields, though, as far as I know.  or distant I-80N trailblazers.

That would be too much to ask for, unfortunately.
Title: Re: Interesting US 30S relic
Post by: andytom on July 24, 2010, 12:40:32 AM
"Raft River Highway District".  I have pictures of that sign from 2007 and I'm shocked - shocked! - to find that I haven't posted it yet to the shield gallery

O.k. that's what the letters stand for, but what does that mean?  State or county maintenance?


It appears to be a sub-county level of highway jurisdiction.  Here's a map I found:

http://itd.idaho.gov/planning/GIS/MapBook/2008MapBook/Section3Maps/Dist4LocalHDBdy.pdf

Raft River HD is in the southeast corner.

This particular roadway is still in the Federal Aid route log.

--Andy