Chinden West US-20/26 — Middleton Rd to Star Rd Project

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Welcome

Hello and thank you for your interest in the Chinden West US-20/26, Middleton Road to Star Road project. The purpose of this online meeting is to provide information about design plans to improve roughly six miles of US-20/26 from Middleton Road to Star Road.

Thank you again for taking the time to learn more about this important project.

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Project Background

In 2017, the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) completed the US-20/26 Corridor Study from I-84 to Eagle Road. The study identified needed long-term improvements including the following:

  • Six travel lanes (three in each direction)
  • A raised island median to separate eastbound and westbound traffic
  • Improved roadway shoulders
  • A 10-foot detached shared-use path for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Signalized intersections

To advance improvements and maximize existing funding, ITD set an interim goal of widening the corridor to four lanes from I-84 to Eagle Road.

Map of project area with identified improvement areas labeled.

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Chinden West US-20/26 Middleton Road to Star Road

Construction of the Middleton Road to Star Road segment will complete ITD's interim goal of widening the corridor to four lanes from I-84 to Eagle Road.

These improvements should reduce the number of crashes and relieve congestion.

Map of Chinden West US-20 and 26 project area highlighted between Middleton Road and Star Road.

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Middleton Road to Star Road Improvements

Interim improvements will widen the road to four travel lanes (two in each direction), create a median, and make shoulder improvements. The project will also replace existing canal crossings, construct signalized intersections at each mile, improve drainage, and add a shared-use path.

Ultimately, this project will widen the roadway to six lanes.

Disection of roadway graphic depicting current and future plans with measurements of lanes and paths labeled. For a detailed description, call Jillian Garrigues at (208) 334-8874.

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Intersection Improvements

ITD plans to improve and signalize six intersections within the corridor at Middleton Road, Midland Boulevard, Northside Boulevard, Franklin Boulevard, 11th Avenue, and N Can Ada Road.

Map highlighting intersections to be improved. Asterisk at Santa Ana Ave; the ultimate project will add a signal at Santa Ana Avenue.

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Intersection Configurations

ITD is working with local agencies to coordinate future US-20/26 connections to local roads. The design currently shown may change as a result.

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What Has Changed Since 2017?

The Environmental Assessment completed in 2017 identified a few design features that will NOT be implemented, including the folowing:

Cul-de-sacs at Knott Lane, Madison Road and Prescott Lane

Instead ITD will construct right turn lanes for deceleration at these locations. These intersections will also be limited to Right In/Right Out configurations for both the interim and ultimate designs.

Map highlighting Knott Lane, Madison Road and Prescott Lane.

Half or full Continuous Flow Intersections (CFI) will not be included in the interim project

ITD will construct improved signalized intersections at Midland Boulevard, Northside Boulevard, Franklin Boulevard, 11th Avenue, and N Can-Ada Road.

Map highlighting Midland Boulevard, Northside Boulevard, North Franklin Boulevard, 11th Avenue, and North Can-Ada Road.

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I-84 to Middleton Road

Construction – Mid-Summer 2022 to Spring 2024.

Improvements include the following:

  • Six lanes with dedicated right and left turn lanes
  • Raised center median
Project area map.

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Star Road to State Highway 16

Construction is currently scheduled to begin Summer/Fall 2022.

Improvements include the following:

  • Reconstruction of the Phyllis Canal Bridge and relocation of irrigation lines
  • Two lanes in each direction with dedicated right and left turn lanes
Project area map.

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Schedule

Project schedule: Spring 2022-Spring 2023, preliminary design; May 2022, public meeting - we are here; Summer 2022-Fall/Winter 2023, right-of-way acquisition; Spring 2023-Fall/Winter 2023, final design; 2024, construction begins, subject to change.

Subject to change.
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Stay Involved

Thank you for participating!

Please share ideas about the project. Public input will be an important part of the decision-making process along with technical information and engineering best-practices.

Comments

Use the comment button at the top right of this meeting to view the comment form where you can submit comments. You can also submit comments via email to chindenwest@itd.idaho.gov
or mail them to:


Idaho Transportation Department, District 3
C/O Jillian Garrigues
8150 Chinden Blvd
Boise, ID 83714


While your comments are always welcome, they can be best utilized if received by June 7, 2022.

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