The ACHD Commission voted on February 26, 2014 to approve the Fairview Avenue Corridor Management Plan. While the Commissioners directed staff to move forward with the strategies outlined in the plan, such as consolidating driveways, they directed that medians be implemented as a last resort. Additional direction included:
- Complete the Fairview Avenue and Cole Road intersection project first. This project is scheduled for construction in 2017, but could move to 2016.
- Make pedestrian improvements a priority - complete sidewalk gaps and add signalized crosswalks.
- Perform an economic impact study on the effect medians would have on Fairview.
- Ask business owners and the cities of Boise and Meridian to work together to find ways to consolidate driveways.
- Evaluate traffic and safety conditions after all other improvements are made. If conditions have not improved, the Commission will consider adding medians.
August 15, 2013 Open House
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Fairview Avenue between Linder Road in Meridian and Orchard Street in Boise is a significant transportation corridor in the region with existing safety and operational needs that are expected to worsen over time.
As a result, ACHD and the cities of Boise and Meridian are developing a plan to increase safety and reduce congestion along Fairview Avenue, understanding that access management (including center-of-the-road medians) is just one element in improving the function of the corridor. This project phase focuses on the corridor by evaluating existing information, enhancing and updating technical information where needed, encouraging the public to participate, and synthesizing material into a cohesive, phased implementation plan. The plan will recommend strategies for roadway and intersection improvements to occur over the next 20 years.
Between 2007 and 2011, a draft study and public outreach yielded some valuable information but no clear solutions to improve safety and operations on the Fairview corridor. Consequently, the ACHD Commission, and the Boise and Meridian City Councils determined that the project should move forward, but another approach should be taken, building on the previous work, to improve the function of the corridor. ACHD and the Cities are developing the Fairview Avenue Corridor Access Management Plan to identify and evaluate strategies for maintaining safe and efficient access along Fairview Avenue through improvements that complement the long-range plans for the corridor.
What is access management?
Access management is a set of tools that work together to control access to and from roadways. The goal is to increase safety and decrease congestion. A few examples are medians, driveway spacing, driveway consolidation, and service and frontage roads.
Past efforts on Fairview Avenue and access management
Click here to learn more about the Fairview Avenue concept design.