The Ada County Highway District Commissioners met on February 5, 2014, and selected the future location of the Kuna overpass at the Swan Falls Road to Linder Road location. Of the two planning options at that location, ACHD confirmed the Kuna city official’s recommendation for the option that creates a new road between Stagecoach Way and Avalon Street.
This decision ends a year-long effort of public workshops, studies and input from Kuna officials, businesses and residents. While previous attempts in years past were made to finalize a location, this time, the goal was to select a final location so that future planning can reflect the overall traffic plan.
Jeff Lowe, ACHD Project Planner, said to commissioners at the meeting that the project is not likely to be funded by ACHD as it is a low priority on the list but that “It provides certainty for developers.”
Kuna Councilman Joe Stear gave testimony at the meeting and said of the recommended location, “We didn’t want the crossing too far out as we didn’t want it to become a bypass for the city. It ties the city together so it doesn’t cut the city in half when a train is parked there. It was necessary for us to choose an option so we could get it into our plan so that future development can plan around that, so we don’t build something big right where we need to put an overpass 15 to 20 years from now. “Now that a location has been selected it will help in future planning for residential and commercial developments, as well as those residents and property owners who may be affected by new traffic patterns and land use.
With the final selection of the Kuna overpass location, the eventual construction may or may not ever happen. If it does, officials estimate at least 15 years or more in the future.
“Everyone recognizes that this is a long ways out,” said ACHD Commissioner Mitchel Jaurena. “However, as Councilman Stear says you got to start planning sometime.”