Thursday, September 13, 2012
Garden City – Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians Friday will find a safer and better intersection at Cloverdale and Ustick roads – as well as a half-mile of Ustick west of the crossroads – as the $3.8 million, combined project wraps up.
Cloverdale/Ustick & Ustick, Duane to Campton, projects to open
The intersection will begin normal operation Friday, cutting the average motorists’ delay by half. A short dedication will occur at 10 a.m. at the southwest corner.
"This is a wonderful project – one that will increase safety for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists and make it easier for everyone to get around," said Rebecca Arnold, ACHD president.
As a result of budget savings and good construction prices on other projects, ACHD was able to move up construction of the related Ustick Road project from 2014 to coincide with the intersection work. The move ensured that Ustick Elementary School students had a new pedestrian crossing as well as bike lanes and sidewalks all along the road.
"This is one of the few good parts of a slow economy," Arnold said.
The Cloverdale/Ustick intersection currently handles 28,000 vehicles a day, and that volume is expected to more than double by 2030. It was one of Boise City’s top improvement requests in recent years. The new intersection is built with concrete, which will better withstand the wear of numerous vehicle turns over coming decades with far less maintenance costs than an asphalt intersection.
Boise City participated in the Ustick Road Concept Study that generated the project and its features, and will install landscaping along the project in the near future.