Local commuters and residents are invited to an open house at Sherman Elementary School, 1521 East Sherman Ave., from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, to hear about upcoming traffic detours on Amity Avenue.
The detours are part of a $5.3 million project to widen Amity Avenue to two lanes in each direction between Chestnut Street and Southside Boulevard; replacing and adding new curb, gutter and sidewalk; and installing traffic and pedestrian crossing signals. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
Construction will be completed in four phases.
The first phase will extend from March to summer 2015. During this time:
The contractor will work between Chestnut Street and Powerline Road.
Traffic will be detoured off Amity Avenue between Sunny Ridge Road and Southside Boulevard.
The intersections of Powerline/Amity and Chestnut/Amity will be closed.
“Amity Avenue has become a high-volume travel corridor in recent years, which is causing bottlenecks, delays and increased accidents,” said Nate Runyan, Nampa city construction engineer, in a press release. “This project will improve traffic flow and safety for the Nampa community.”
Idaho Sand & Gravel is the contractor for the Amity Avenue Improvement Project. The project is a joint effort between the city of Nampa and the Idaho Transportation Department.