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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Highway District to host open house on the State and Collister Intersection design tomorrow night

Garden City – The Ada County Highway District (ACHD) wants to know what the public thinks about the proposed design for the State Street and Collister Drive Intersection project. The District will host an open house and public hearing tomorrow (May 28) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the ACHD Auditorium, located at 3775 Adams St. in Garden City.  

The proposed design will be on display and staff will be on hand to answer questions. Written comments will be accepted and a hearing officer will take testimony if anyone wants to give some on a one-on-one basis. 
 
Intersection improvements will bring increased safety to all users, as well as improved intersection operations and traffic flow.

The proposed design includes:   

·         Realigning Collister Drive to the west to fix the current, problematic connection and also adding dedicated right and left turn lanes onto State Street

·         Widening State Street within project limits and adding medians as necessary to prevent crashes

·         Adding curb, gutter, sidewalk and bike lanes

·         Adding a westbound transit stop

·         Constructing an improved access point to the Greenbelt; adding additional crosswalk across State Street

·         Enclosing sections of the Farmers Union Canal within the project limits to accommodate widened roadway, sidewalks and bike lanes on the south

"The State Street Corridor is the top priority local project on a local road, ranking behind only the improvements to Interstate 84 as a priority," said Ryan Head, Supervisor of Planning and Programming at the Ada County Highway District said, "The State/Collister realignment is an important piece of the puzzle."

This project concept was introduced to the public in the spring of 2014, and a majority of the public favored the realignment option at a prior open house. The ACHD Commission approved this concept in November 2014.

In the future, State Street is envisioned to be a transit corridor with increased regional, express and local bus service, and high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes. HOV lanes will be dedicated to buses, multiple-occupant vehicles, and right-turning vehicles.

Comments from tomorrow night’s meeting will be used to refine the design moving forward. The design will be complete in 2016, right-of-way acquisitions will occur in 2016-2017, and construction is scheduled for Fall of 2018.

Please be advised that construction on Adams Street between 38th Street and 40th Street is still underway and that section of Adams Street is closed. Detours are posted, but attendees are encouraged to access Adams Street by turning onto 37th Street from Chinden.

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