ACHD wins statewide award for planning

Photo of the 2019 APA Planning Tool/Implementation Award sitting on a table.

The Ada County Highway District is being recognized and honored with an award for a collection of innovative plans and projects that have positively influenced the community.

The Idaho Chapter of the American Planning Association has awarded ACHD Community Programs with the 2019 Planning Tool and Implementation Award. Every year, APA Idaho recognizes agencies and organizations from across the state for unique projects or work that influenced their communities and enhanced planning in Idaho.

ACHD Community Programs is a set of plans, projects, and funding mechanisms focused on pedestrian and bike safety, ADA Compliance, neighborhood enhancement, and Safe Routes to Schools in Ada County. This is unique because it ties planning and implementation directly together. ACHD has developed this innovative system to identify projects, clearly define a scope and cost estimate, and then program these projects for design and construction. This integrated approach ensures that projects have a path towards completion and that plans do not just sit on the shelf with no hope of funding. For example, since 2008, ACHD has completed 132 Safe Routes to School projects that represent over 20 million dollars of investment in school safety and connectivity.

ACHD received this award on Oct. 3 at APA Idaho’s annual conference.