ACHD hits the brakes on Fairview medians

Responding to citizen requests, it will try other measures to improve access and safety.

cmsewell@idahostatesman.comFebruary 28, 2014 

More than 150 people packed the Ada County Highway District auditorium Wednesday night for a hearing on remaking Fairview Avenue. And when the call went out for a show of hands in support of medians, not a single hand was raised.

Nearly three dozen people spoke before the ACHD commissioners — all opposed to replacing the center turn lane with medians.

The commissioners heard that message and voted 3-2 to adopt a plan to make improvements to the 8.5-mile stretch of Fairview between Orchard Street and Linder Road, installing medians only as a last resort.

The commission voted to make several changes to the Fairview corridor management plan:

- Complete Fairview and Cole Road intersection improvements first. This project is scheduled for 2017 but could move to 2016.

- Make pedestrian improvements, including completing sidewalk gaps and adding signalized crosswalks, a priority.

- Perform an economic impact study on the effect medians would have.

- Ask business owners and the cities of Boise and Meridian to work together to find ways to consolidate driveways.

- After other improvements are made, evaluate all traffic and safety conditions. If they have not improved, the commission will consider adding medians.

Mark Peterson, owner of Peterson Motors and representative of the Fairview Business Coalition, said the commission’s decision “is a step in the right direction.”

Cynthia Sewell: 377-6428, Twitter: @CynthiaSewell

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