City of Boise Concerned Over Proposed ACHD Project Delays

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When the Boise City Council convenes Tuesday evening, they'll be asked to consider a new five-year work plan from the Ada County Highway District, covering Fiscal Years 2015 through 2019, and they may not like what they see.

According to an internal memo from city staff, ACHD plans for the next five years have undergone "a number of unexpected changes in priority" that create a "domino effect" for several projects over the next five years.

In particular, city staff isn't pleased about a one-year delay of improvements to Five Mile Road, between Fairview and Ustick. City officials have been requesting ACHD improve Five Mile since 2003 (it was first listed for construction back in 2008).

"The delay of this project is of a higher concern than the other projects scheduled for delay," reads the memo from city staff to Boise council members. "It should not be delayed further."

According to the draft of the ACHD five-year plan, other delays have been proposed for construction projects on Cloverdale Road from Franklin to Fairview, Executive from Parkdale to President, Ustick and intersections at Ustick and Meridian, and Cole and Franklin roads.

The Boise Council meeting begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday evening.