ACHD, HDR, ITD to receive Excellence in Transportation Award

Drone view of the Cloverdale, Camas to Franklin Project, completed.
Kootenai Street Traffic Calming Study

The Ada County Highway District, along with HDR and ITD, will be honored with two 2019 ITD Excellence in Transportation Awards on December 12th at an ITD Board Meeting. The first award will be awarded to ACHD, HDR, and ITD for excellence in Planning and Design on the Cloverdale, Franklin Drive to Camas Road Project (also known as the Cloverdale Emergency Response Project).

The Cloverdale Road, Camas to Franklin project was also selected as the winner of the Idaho Transportation Department’s 2019 Excellence in Transportation Awards for both the Design and Construction categories.

Unique to this project was the Treasure Valley’s first-ever raised bike lane. The bridge was also widened from two lanes to four lanes. The project substantially improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists with the construction of sidewalks on both sides and the addition of a multiuse path on the bridge. The project also improved safety and flow for motor vehicle traffic. The entire project was substantially complete and in place one year to the day from the tragic accident which closed the bridge.

“The ITD Excellence award is a testament to the project team and stakeholders who came together with a unified purpose to deliver this project within an exceptionally aggressive schedule,” said Dave Rader, ACHD Project Manager. “This project is a great achievement for both ITD and ACHD, which would not have been possible without the collaborative effort put forth by all of those involved.”

ACHD and HDR will also receive an Excellence in Transportation Award in Planning on the Kootenai Street Traffic Calming, Orchard Street to Vista Avenue Study.

The Kootenai Street Traffic Calming Study was brought about at the request of residents who live in the project boundaries who were concerned about speeding and traffic volumes in their neighborhood. Through a very robust public involvement process, ACHD and HDR staffs listened to the concerns and suggestions of the neighborhood and arrived at solutions that both effectively met the improvement needs of the area and that the residents of Kootenai neighborhood predominantly agreed with.

“The Kootenai Street Traffic calming concept study was a success because of the participation of all stakeholders who worked tirelessly to seek compromise in identifying the right solution for their neighborhood,” said Senior Transportation Planner Brooke Green. “It was an honor to work with all the stakeholders and the ACHD team to make this project such a success.”

The construction of this project is slated for 2023-2024.

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) presents the Excellence in Transportation Awards annually to firms or agencies that support transportation or the operations of ITD and exhibit excellence in the following categories:  Construction, Design, Environmental Stewardship, Maintenance and Operations, Communication / Public Outreach, and Planning.