Regarding the public hearing on ACHD Northwest Foothills Transportation Study Adoption, at 6 p.m. Wednesday at ACHD Auditorium, 3775 Adams St., Garden City:
The ACHD Commission has been in the news about its proposal to widen the rural Beacon Light Road to a signaled five-lane highway in the future for the countys convenience in handling future expected traffic coming from the west and north of Eagle. Other traffic options exist; however, the route through north Eagle is the least expensive for the ACHD, according to the commission.
The second ACHD public hearing (Wednesday) will consider adoption of the Northwest Foothills Transportation Study, of which Beacon Light Road is a part. Eagle residents and city government believe the road should not become a highway shortcut through rural north Eagle to connect Idaho 16 and Idaho 55. More than 100 letters and emails have been sent to ACHD and Ada County commissioners since early November in favor of keeping Beacon Light Road a rural road of no more than three lanes. More than 500 Eagle residents have signed a petition to be presented at the hearing.
PAT MINKIEWICZ, committee member, The Friends of Beacon Light Road, Eagle