By Mark Barnes
During the February 4, 2014, Kuna City Council meeting, the councilmembers selected the Swan Falls Road to Linder Road option for the future location of the Kuna overpass. After many months of studies, public workshops and recommendations by Ada County Highway District staff, the selection was based on future growth, feasibility, cost and economic impact to the city.
Although city councilmembers each had their own favorite, they unanimously voted yes for the location. Council President Richard Cardoza preferred the second Swan Falls–Linder option that looped the access back to Shortline Street but has concerns with the traffic pattern and how that could accommodate semi-trucks. Councilmember Briana Buban-Vonder Haar leaned towards the Highway 69 Extension option bringing up future development. Councilman Pat Jones preferred either option for the Swan Falls – Linder Road option. Councilman Joe Stear preferred the selected location voted on by the council.
All were in agreement that they did not like the 10 Mile Road option with the consensus
that it would impact residents far too much.
The final decision for the location of the Kuna overpass will be made at a meeting of ACHD commissioners on Wednesday, February 5. ACHD commissioners will take in to consideration Kuna’s selection as well as their own staff’s recommendation of the 10 Mile Road option. Commissioner Mitchell Jaurena said at the council meeting that the city’s decision will weigh heavily in the ACHD final decision.
While this project does not rate high on the priority list for ACHD and may not be built for decades, it is expected that once a location has been selected future planning can occur related to commercial and residential development. In actuality, by the time that the project could be built, the city of Kuna will be large enough to afford a second emergency station on the south side of the tracks, one of the main, if not the main reason that a Kuna overpass is needed.