The long process of determining a location for the Kuna overpass took another step forward this week but officials with the Ada County Highway District told Kuna City Council that it was not likely to be funded by them because it does not rise to the level of high prioritization in the Treasure Valley.
A public hearing was held regarding the Kuna Overpass at the Kuna City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 21. At the hearing, Mitchell Jaurena, ACHD Commissioner, said that all four options were so close in the study that whatever the recommendation the Kuna city council decides will most likely be the final choice.
Jeff Lowe, Senior Transportation Planner for ACHD, and Commissioner Jaurena said that the project ranked 20th out of 33 projects in the 2040 Communities in Motion Plan that establishes the priority of importance in Ada County. Jaurena said that only the top three of the list would likely see any federal funds or major ACHD funding. Alternative funding options could be explored, however.
Three of four residents who testified regarding ACHD’s recommendation for the Ten Mile Road location said that it would be a disaster locating it there.
Ron Schroeder, who has lived on 4th Street close to Ten Mile Road for 18 years said that the overpass will bring much more traffic past two schools on Ten Mile Road and Indian Creek Elementary.
Kuna City Councilman Pat Jones said, “Personally, I’m not for the Ten Mile option. I’d like to see either Swan Falls or Highway 69. There’s no impact. Everyone can build around that.”
ACHD Commissioner Jaurena spoke with concerned residents afterwards telling them that the likely timeframe for construction was decades out, but that City leaders will meet with ACHD commissioners on January 24 to discuss the report. The council will then decide on its recommendation for the location of the Kuna Overpass at the February 4th city council meeting. Then, at a February 5th ACHD Commissioner meeting a final decision for the location will be made. All of these meetings are open to the public.
Commissioner Jaurena said that any residents with comments or questions can contact the ACHD commissioners at firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone numbers for individual commissioners are published every week in “The Road Wizard” ACHD advertisement in the Kuna Melba News.