The official dedication of the Bridge Street project happened on Friday, July 25 with Ada County Highway District and City of Kuna officials cutting a ribbon. The summer-long project renovating Bridge Street, the bridge and Avalon intersections with Shortline Street was completed on time. While the one-way and detours were an inconvenience for Kuna drivers during the two-month project, the wider lanes, dedicated walking paths and rerouting of Shortline Street to Avalon and Bridge Street to Main Street will improve traffic flow.
Mitchell Juarena, ACHD Commissioner, gave a short dedication quoting Winston Churchill, “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” He related it to the three years that the City of Kuna and ACHD have been planning, designing and securing funding to complete this first phase of the Kuna Downtown Corridor Plan.
He explained that over the next six years, “We will see close to $6 million in projects that will improve the looks of the downtown, improve safety and keep with the desires of Mayor Nelson, the City Council and the citizens to revitalize the City and spur economic development.”
These projects include in 2016, Linder and Main intersection – as well as a joint project with the City on Orchard Street to improve and extend access to the Greenbelt. There will also be sidewalk improvements around those intersection projects and safe route to schools and bicycle lane projects around Kuna.
In 2019, a federal project to improve the Linder and Deer Flat intersection will occur.