U.S. 93 Twin Falls Alternate Route, Stage 1
Key Number: 5137
Project Number: NH-F-2390 (104)
Over the last 13 years, the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) in cooperation with the Twin Falls Community has been working toward a Twin Falls U.S. 93 bypass to ease congestion and improve safety along the U.S.93 truck route which currently uses Blue Lakes Boulevard, Addison Avenue and Washington Street through the city of Twin Falls.
ITD proposed bypass options through an extensive public involvement process that included outreach to citizens, regulatory agencies, civic clubs, and other interest groups. Public involvement was facilitated through the formation of a Project Task Force, various public outreach presentations including a project exhibit booth at the Twin Falls County Fair in September 1998, and various public open houses.
Over the last several years, ITD has continued public involvement through various organizations in the Magic Valley including the Twin Falls and Filer Highway Districts, the Greater Twin Falls Area Transportation Committee and the Twin Falls City Council.
In March of 2000, an Environmental Assessment (EA) was approved, clearing the way for land acquisition and design of the new route. Numerous public meetings, concerning the EA were held over the years, including a formal public hearing held on December 13, 1999. As highway engineering continued and right of way acquisitions progressed, time passed and a re-evaluation of the EA was approved in September of 2004.
The project was opened for bid and awarded to Western Construction of Boise in June of 2005. After many years of public involvement, planning and design, the Magic Valley’s vision for an alternate route to ease congestion in Twin Falls is now being realized.
The Twin Falls Alternate Route will be done as two projects. Stage 1 begins in the rural section just west of Grandview Drive and consists of four lanes (two travel lanes in each direction) with a depressed median ending just west of Washington Street. From just west of Washington Street to the end of the project at Blue Lakes Boulevard, the route includes six-lanes (three travel lanes in each direction) with a raised, landscaped median.
Stage 1 is being completed in several phases and is expected to be complete in the 2006 construction season. Stage 2, from the U.S.30/U.S. 93 Junction to just west of Grandview Drive, is expected to begin upon the completion of Stage 1, depending on funding and design completion.
Western Construction of Boise is the contractor for the $18.8 million Stage 1.
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