Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Traffic Jam: ACHD Median Plan for Fairview Meets Opposition

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 9:43 AM

When the Ada County Highway District Board of Commissioners convenes this evening, they'll be met by a coalition of business owners who aren't too happy about a plan that would see a series of new medians along an 8-mile stretch of Fairview Avenue.

ACHD planners say it's all about public safety, and after poring over research that indicates there have been approximately 400 traffic accidents each year along Fairview, they're convinced that medians will help manage the flow.

The heart of the Fairview Corridor Management Plan proposes the installation of medians along Fairview from Linder Road to Orchard Street. The plan also includes more "incremental" construction of frontage and/or service roads and adjustments of traffic signal timing.

But a group of merchants, who have created the Fairview Business Coalition, say the medians will hurt business, with too many motorists not being able to make left turns into their parking lots.

This evening's meeting, set for 6 p.m., will be held at the ACHD headquarters at 3775 Adams St. in Garden City.

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