A community planning effort developed by residents and business owners of Kuna, along with the Kuna City Council, the Ada County Highway District (ACHD) and Kittelson & Associates will be on display this month in Washington, D.C. at the annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting, the largest gathering of transportation practitioners and researchers in the world.
The Kuna Downtown Corridor Plan will guide near-, mid- and long-term traffic, bike and pedestrian-related improvements for downtown Kuna and vicinity.
The Transportation Research Board accepted the project based on the unique and extensive community outreach and involvement used in its development. The project will be featured at the meeting’s poster session, where ACHD and Kittelson & Associates will display a large-sized poster illustrating the project’s public involvement process for one-on-one discussion with attendees.
“I’m very pleased that this project is receiving such large-scale recognition and that our staff and the engineering consultant will have the opportunity to highlight the most critical piece of this Plan – the input and interaction on behalf of the residents, business owners and those who spend time working, driving, walking or biking in Kuna. The extensive public involvement was essential in developing this Plan and is something the community should be very proud of,” said Mitchell Jaurena, ACHD Commissioner for Sub-district Four, which encompasses Kuna.
Throughout 2012, the Kuna Downtown Corridor Plan was created by the partnering agencies, engineering firm, general public and a project advisory committee which included business representatives, school officials, city council members, and a police department member, among other community representatives and members of the general public.
“We were impressed with the process. Our citizens were involved and what they had to say was taken into account. The community is well satisfied and felt it was a good process and are pleased with the outcome,” said Kuna Mayor Greg Nelson.
During development of the Plan, residents and businesses worked closely with ACHD and Kittelson & Associates staff members to identify deficiencies in the transportation system and recommend where to construct new sidewalk, make intersection or roadway improvements and install bike lanes. The public also provided input on what they believe the improvements should look like.
Public involvement included frequent meetings with the Project Advisory Committee, two hands-on workshops open to the general public, a general public open house to display the project progress and encourage additional discussion, and interactive map surveys which allowed interested participants to identify needs or suggest ideas for improvement. The process also included online surveys for input.
About the Kuna Downtown Corridor Plan
The Kuna Downtown Corridor Plan identified projects and priorities for intersections; pedestrian, bicycle, and transit facilities; and truck routes along the Avalon Street/Main Street/Bridge Street corridor, between School Avenue and Kay Avenue in Kuna. It also identified a phasing plan of when the projects will be constructed.
The Plan was formally adopted by the Kuna City Council and ACHD Commission in October 2012. For more information on the Kuna Downtown Corridor Plan, visit www.achdidaho.org and select “View all Projects and Studies.”
About the Transportation Research Board Meeting
Attendees of the Transportation Research Board annual meeting include policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. The TRB annual meeting will include more than 4,000 presentations in nearly 750 sessions and workshops. The annual meeting, which draws thousands of attendees, runs January 13-17.
ACHD Senior Transportation Planner, Jeff Lowe and Andy Daleiden of Kittelson & Associates will represent the project in Washington, D.C.