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ITD to auction off sticker-covered 'Welcome to Idaho' sign

A piece of the Gem State could be yours.

SHOSHONE, Idaho — A piece of the Gem State could be yours.

The Idaho Transportation Department is auctioning off one of the state-line 'Welcome to Idaho' signs that was recently retired, from along US-93 at the Idaho-Nevada border.

The 4-foot by eight-foot sign is covered in stickers, many left by people who pulled off the highway to take a break and snap pictures.

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ITD decided to retire this sign and replace it with a new one after the sticker buildup became too great - a phenomenon that is getting more frequent. 

According to ITD, one of their own employees may have come up with a solution that will keep the department from having to replace signs long before they wear out. 

Credit: Idaho Transportation Department
The newly-installed 'Welcome to Idaho' sign stands next to the state-shaped sign officials hope people will focus their sticker efforts on.

Transportation Technician in Operations Pete Veenstra raised the idea of adding a different sign for people who want to slap on a sticker. He and his sign crew worked to cut out and istall a large metal cutout in the shape of Idaho, then added on a few stickers to help get the idea rolling. 

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So far, ITD says, the idea has worked, and the new 'Welcome to Idaho' sign has remained unscathed. 

The online auction for the recently-removed sign that was covered in stickers will run through Sept. 26. 

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