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State Highway 69 Corridor: Orchard Avenue to Overland Road

A long-range plan for this important Treasure Valley corridor

The Idaho Transportation Department is studying options to improve safety, mobility and access on State Highway 69 between Kuna and Meridian.

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Project Background

State Highway 69 from Kuna to Meridian was widened in the late 1990s. Due to increased traffic and development, crashes and delay times have increased and a re-evaluation of the corridor is needed.

In June 2019 ITD initiated a traffic study to determine the best options to improve the safety, mobility and access on and off State Highway 69.

Vision

The vision for State Highway 69 will:

  • Keep traffic moving throughout the corridor.
  • Allow safe and efficient access on and off Highway 69.
  • Provide safe crossings for bicyclists and pedestrians.

 

The vision includes a combination of innovative intersection designs, safe access points and additional highway lanes. Learn more about the vision by visiting the State Highway 69 Story Map from July 2020.

 

Process and schedule

Community involvement is important to ITD and the success of this project. ITD hosted an online meeting in June 2020 to gather input on the draft vision.

ITD will continue to work with the public, the cities of Meridian and Kuna, ACHD, Ada County and COMPASS throughout this project.

Summer 2019
Collected traffic data. Gathered input from cities and agencies. Analyzed bike and pedestrian needs.
Summer 2019 - Spring 2020
Completed traffic analysis. Developed range of design options. Developed vision of the corridor.
Summer 2020
Presented vision to the public.
Spring 2021
Present public input to ITD leadership, cities of Meridian and Kuna, ACHD, and COMPASS.
Summer 2021
Complete concept plans with input from public and key stakeholders.
Frequently Asked Questions
You've got questions, we've got answers! Here are some of the most common questions we've received about this project.
General
When will construction begin?
When will construction begin?

Transportation infrastructure funding has not kept pace with growth and demand in Idaho. There is no funding identified in ITD’s seven-year budget for these improvements. ITD prioritizes keeping existing infrastructure in good condition as it is the most cost-efficient management of the public infrastructure. A regular maintenance project for the entire corridor is currently scheduled for 2027.

General
How will travelers navigate the U-turns along the corridor?
How will travelers navigate the U-turns along the corridor?

ITD will design U-turn locations with enough space to accommodate large commercial vehicles. This will also accommodate horse trailers, RVs, and farm equipment. Where congestion or safety warrant them, signals will be installed to protect U-turns.

General
Will the plan include dedicated right-turn bays throughout the corridor?
Will the plan include dedicated right-turn bays throughout the corridor?

ITD requires new development with enough right-turning traffic onto a private approach to construct a right turn bay. This requirement is not standard for signalized intersections, such as at major 1-mile intersections. Following strong public support for right turn bays at most intersections, ITD recommends they be constructed as interim improvements and at full build-out.

General
When will Ten Mile Road be widened?
When will Ten Mile Road be widened?

The Ada County Highway District (ACHD) is responsible for widening local roads, such as Ten Mile. In the current Integrated Five Year Work Plan for 2021-2025 there are several projects scheduled for design and construction.

  • Ten Mile Rd and Victory Rd – 2022
  • Ten Mile Rd, Victory Rd / Linder Rd – 2022
  • Ten Mile Rd and Lake Hazel Rd – design 2021, construction TBD
  • Ten Mile Rd and Hubbard Rd – design 2023, construction TBD
  • Ten Mile Rd and Columbia Rd – future date

To find more information about the Ten Mile projects, visit ACHD’s website. 

 

 

General
Will widening Ten Mile Road reduce traffic on SH-69?
Will widening Ten Mile Road reduce traffic on SH-69?

The traffic model used included widening Ten Mile Road to five lanes. Yes, this does reduce traffic on SH-69.

General
How will transit stops be included in the design?
How will transit stops be included in the design?

ITD is working with Valley Regional Transit to address transit on this corridor. VRT is responsible for creating and maintaining a plan for transit operations. Transit operations features will be included as a recommendation when there are Design For Construction projects.

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