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Posted on: August 12, 2021

Community feedback sought on Idaho Highway 45 Study

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The City of Nampa invites the community to help determine how to improve Idaho Highway 45 (ID-45) at an open house Thursday, August 26, 2021, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Nampa Civic Center (311 3rd St S, Nampa, ID 83651). Attendees will learn about proposed improvements, ask questions, and provide feedback on the study.

ID-45 connects Owyhee County and southern Canyon County to I-84. It is a critical route for agribusiness and freight. Traffic volumes passing through downtown Nampa can exceed 25,000 vehicles every day.

The City of Nampa has explored the potential to realign Idaho Highway 45 through its jurisdiction for over a decade. In 2011, the Nampa Development Corporation (NDC) hired outside consultants to complete the Downtown Nampa Traffic Alternatives Analysis which explored nearly two dozen ways to direct traffic effectively around downtown. It concluded that Idaho Highway 45 should be routed away from downtown Nampa to address congestion, economic viability, and safety concerns.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) began working with the City of Nampa on a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Assessment in May of 2021. The PEL study will re-consider previous, as well as newly proposed alternatives, to the existing configuration which meet the project purpose and need. All alternatives will be evaluated against a broad range of screening criteria developed from community, economic, and environmental goals and objectives. Any that meet these criteria and continue to provide improved performance through 2045 will be retained for further evaluation. This PEL study is expected to result in FHWA endorsement and will reduce the cost of a future required environmental study. At this time, the study is the only component of this project that has received funding.

For more information, please visit cityofnampa.us/idaho45study. Residents unable to attend are encouraged to email questions to projects@cityofnampa.us or call (208) 565-5262.

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