The Ada County Highway District will begin improvements to the Avalon Street/Shortline Street/N. Bridge Avenue area beginning in May. The $468,000 project is part of the Downtown Kuna Corridor Plan to help beautify the city and update existing structures.
“This is the first step of a multi-year process of bringing transportation, sidewalk and bicycle connections to the city of Kuna,” said ACHD Vice President Mitchell Jaurena.
ACHD planners have been working closely with Kuna city officials to make improvements that will be aesthetically pleasing while providing greater pedestrian and bicycle connectivity and safety to the heart of downtown Kuna. As the city prepares to celebrate 150 years, Mayor Greg Nelson says, the improvements couldn’t come at a better time.
“The community is excited about improving the Southwest entrance into the downtown area,” Nelson said. “That entrance still looks about like it did when I first moved to Kuna 50 years ago and it will be especially nice and reflective of our growth to have it beautified. We all wish to thank ACHD for the great assistance they have given us in fulfilling this dream.”
On the north side of Avalon Street, an eight-foot-wide asphalt pathway will be constructed south of the train tracks. Bicycle lanes will be added to both sides of the road, and a curb will separate the bike lane from the pathway.
A five-foot-wide pathway will continue along Avalon Street to Main Street north of the train tracks. Bicycle lanes with extruded curb will be built on both sides of the road.
Scheduled for FY2015, ACHD will continue installing sidewalk on the north side of Main Street and both sides of Avenue E. Those plans are currently under design.
The bridge over Indian Creek will receive new railing, and the City of Kuna will affix faux brick panels to the bridge. The intersection of Avalon Street and Shortline Street will also see a new stop sign intersection, and the City of Kuna will build a landscaped gateway area.
At Main Street and N. Bridge Avenue, new concrete islands will help facilitate pedestrian crossings, and a new RRFB light (rectangular rapid-flashing beacon) will be installed where the greenbelt crosses N. Bridge Avenue. The road in this area will also be repaved.
This is the beginning of nearly $6.5 million in improvements planned for the city in the next five years.
Improvements should be completed in time for Kuna Days the first part of August. For more information, please visit the Kuna Southwest Gateway Project on the ACHD website, www.achdidaho.org.