August 2 Update
Circle H Construction has begun building an enhanced school crossing at Highlands Elementary School on Curling Drive, and ACHD's signal construction crew is installing the hardware to put in a push-button crossing beacon. As part of the project, concrete bulb-outs at the crossing will increase visibility and safety for pedestrians.
Also, Circle H will begin excavation for the permanent diverter island and sidewalk on Braemere Road between Curling Drive and Ranch Road.
All work is slated to be completed by August 19th.
During construction, traffic will be initially be controlled by flaggers at both locations. Braemere between Curling and Ranch may be closed, except for access to the residences within the closure area, if needed for work activities and public safety.
Commissioners reviewed the changes made under the plan on May 17th and directed ACHD staff to retain and enhance the improvements while working with Boise City and the Boise School District to take additional steps. Specifically, commissioners said:
The Commission initiated a package of improvements in mid-2016 to address traffic safety issues within the Highlands area of Boise after an extensive public involvement process. Some of the changes have already been implemented (traffic diversion at Braemere/Curling and stop signs at Selkirk and Whidden), while others will not be completed until spring 2017 (new crosswalks, walking paths).
Last year, the Commission instructed staff to make the changes and to monitor the impact to confirm if the desired outcomes are achieved. Commissioners said they would address any problems once the changes have been implemented and the results become clear.
Here are the enhancements by street:
Highland View Drive:
Upper Braemere (northeast of Curling):
Lower Braemere (Highland View Drive to Curling):
With the planned development of the Highlands Cove Subdivision, both ACHD and the City of Boise placed requirements on the developer to help with the additional traffic. ACHD has been working on a plan and needs the neighborhood's input before moving forward. Residents in the Highlands neighborhood are invited to review proposed ideas to help with speeding, cut-through traffic and pedestrian safety.
Materials from the April 6, 2016 Open House
Materials from the open house can be found under "Related Documents" to the right of your screen.
Learn more about the North Boise Neighborhood Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.