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EAGLE ROAD (SR-55) IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

A COMMERCIAL CORRIDOR

The purpose of this project is to upgrade SH-55 to an urban expressway with grade separated interchanges. upgrades also include reducing the number of signalized intersections along the route, and operational improvements to the highway. as well as a landscaped median.

PROJECT STATS

Basic Information:
Project Priority URGENT
Project Length Approx. 4.5 Miles
Project Area:
Idaho SR-55 from State Street in Eagle to I-84 in Meridian
Status TBD Conceptual-25 Year Plan
Begin Construction TBD
Estimated Project Completion TBD

Indyroads Vision for this project:
Indyroads Priority URGENT
Indyroads Recommended Completion 2012

PROJECT BACKGROUND

Compass Idaho has included an eventual widening and safety upgrade to Eagle Road that includes upgrades to Eagle road. Such as:

WHAT WILL IT DO TO HELP

The object is to reduce travel times, improve safety, and increase the amount of traffic volume the road can handle. Synchronizing signals, building overpasses, addition of a median and eliminating the Two-Way turn lanes will do this effectively.

VISIONS FOR SH-55/EAGLE ROAD

Grade separating the congested major intersections along the corridor is important to allow traffic to flow more freely along the corridor and reduce the long delays experienced during peak periods. These intersections should include Eagle/Fairview, Eagle/Ustick, Eagle/McMillan and Eagle/Chinden. Also redesigns of all other signalized intersections needs to be completed. The entire corridor from the freeway north to SR 44 in Eagle must be widened to 6 lanes and could possibly incorporate some form of peak-time commuter/HOV lanes along the corridor.

Additionally, non-major intersections should be restricted or limited access as they impede traffic flow. Access to Eagle Road should be limited at all points along the route. There should be no left turns permitted on Eagle Road except at signalized intersections. The roadway median should be raised and landscaped. U-turns should be permitted in some locations. U-turn ramps could also be utilized to replace the prohibited left turn maneuvers. The use of Right turn ramps should also be considered to allow traffic to to more easily merge into and out of the road more safely.

Due to the very high volume of traffic that utilizes this road, There are many hazards faced by pedestrians. Pedestrian bridges could be constructed with the project in certain areas, and the use of pedestrian refuges or safety zones at intersections must be incorporated into the corridor design.



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Updated 05/07/2008