Q&A with Idaho Transportation Department about Linder Village By Holly Beech firstname.lastname@example.org HollyBeechMP Oct 25, 2017 (…) Facebook Twitter Email Facebook Twitter Email Print Save The Linder Village proposal has raised some concern about traffic on Chinden Boulevard (Highway 20/26), a corridor managed by the Idaho Transportation Department. ITD spokeswoman Jennifer Gonzalez answered the following questions:Meridian Press: People are wondering if Highway 20/26 would have to be widened on the same timeline as Linder Village construction, or if those road improvements are years out. Do you know the answer to that?ITD: Based on the traffic impact study submitted by the developer, improvements including widening would need to be completed prior to development occupancy. Meridian Press: David McKinney with DMG Real Estate Partners said his company has discussed entering a STAR agreement with ITD and would help fund road improvements. What road improvements is DMG proposing to pay for, and are there any financial estimates for DMG’s contributions?ITD: As part of the STAR (Sales Tax Anticipation Revenue) agreement proposal discussion with ITD, DMG has proposed widening from Locust Grove to Linder. This is still an ongoing conversation at this time. The STAR program reimburses costs through sales tax generated by the development. Our planning level estimate for widening this segment is approximately $9.3 million. Signals and other improvements needed by the development are not included in this cost.Meridian Press: At this point, without Linder Village, what is ITD’s timeline for widening Highway 20/26 between Locust Grove and Linder roads, and is funding available?ITD: Initial widening of 20/26 from Eagle to Locust Grove will begin in 2021. Locust Grove to Linder is programmed to begin in 2022. (The widening would bring Highway 20/26 up to two travel lanes in each direction with a turn lane. Funding has been programmed for both projects.)Meridian Press: Also discussed at the Linder Village public hearing was a potential traffic light at Bergman Way on Chinden Boulevard. Has ITD approved this? Could you address concerns that if Chinden Boulevard has too many traffic lights and access points, it won’t be effective as a regional expressway?ITD: A signal at Bergman has been allowed with conditions. It is designed to work in conjunction with a Continuous Flow Intersection that will eventually be constructed at Linder and Chinden to improve flow for the intersection and corridor. In an effort to enhance safety and preserve mobility along 20/26, ITD is also incorporating recommendations from its 20/26 corridor study, which serves as a blueprint for what the corridor will look like at full build out. More from this section Meridian Police search for men who stole 9 guns, 3 bows Posted: 5:12 p.m. Dog of the Week: Buddy Posted: Feb. 19, 2018 March for Meals March 17 at Kleiner Park Posted: Feb. 19, 2018 Grow announces Idaho Senate candidacy Posted: Feb. 19, 2018 Albertsons now offers grocery delivery with Instacart Posted: Feb. 19, 2018 Facebook Twitter Email Print Save HollyBeechMP Follow HollyBeechMP Close Get email notifications on HollyBeechMP daily! Your notification has been saved. There was a problem saving your notification. Whenever HollyBeechMP posts new content, you'll get an email delivered to your inbox with a link. Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items. Save Manage followed notifications Follow HollyBeechMP Close Followed notifications Please log in to use this feature Log In Don't have an account? Sign Up Today Comments Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Latest E-Edition Meridian Press Read the latest edition of the Meridian Press in our e-edition format, which combines the familiarity of the printed-paper format with the convenience of reading on your phone, tablet or desktop computer from anywhere. Issues prior to August 18, 2016 YouReport This is your chance to be the reporter. Tell us what's going on with you, your kids, and your community. Share your child's latest achievements, talk about that pothole that never gets fixed, or just speak your mind on what is happening in your community. Submit Your Articles Share the news that is important to you and your community. Post articles about local events, sports teams, community organizations, and more! Submit Your Photos Do you have a great local photo that you want to share with the world? Add it here!