BOISE COUNTY -- In the days that followed an accident that killed three people on Arrowrock Road in Boise County, viewers contacted us to say the road is dangerous and should be improved.
The stretch near the reservoir averages six crashes each summer in which the vehicle leaves the road.
The two highway districts that maintain the road tell us they have heard complaints, but no major changes are expected any time soon.
The reason is a lack of money.
Bill Jones runs the road department in Boise County.
Under his watch is Arrowrock Road, a windy, narrow path that has been the site of many accidents over the years.
We have no plans to improve that or to do much to do it, it's to remain the same, said Jones. I think the road is a mountain road just like any other mountain road. I think the road needs to be respected that way. It needs to be driven slowly.
Boise County contracts seasonal maintenance work on Arrowrock Road to the Atlanta Highway District, which is closer to the area.
Superintendent David Gill says his crews could do additional grading, but it would cost thousands of dollars a month, and would not be a permanent solution.
Both highway districts are already working on tight budgets and have no money to spare.
In order to really fix it, it's going to cost millions of dollars to open the road wide enough for two-way traffic and have the proper sight distances to see cars, oncoming cars, so it comes down to dollars, a major amount of dollars to change that road, saidGill.
Gill says the best case scenario would be a complete makeover for the road.
He says they've applied for grants and talked to state and federal leaders to finance some repairs. But so far no money has come.
And until it does, Gill says people need to mind the road.
If everybody drove that road 25 miles an hour likes it's posted, which may seem a little slow, we wouldn't be having these problems with the accidents that we're having, he said.
The department leaders also say the money to repair the roads should not be just coming from their budgets alone.
They argue it's a recreational road used by people from all over the state and their small tax bases should not be burdened with the responsibility of making changes to it.
There are some signs along Arrowrock but the Atlanta Highway District says additional signs and guardrails would be obstructions to snow clearing efforts during the winter.