STATE HIGHWAY 44 IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
STAYING AHEAD OF FUTURE GROWTH
The purpose of this project is to preserve right of way and widen SH-44 from and make operational improvements to the highway. Widening sections of SH-44 from Eagle west to Caldwell through the comunities of Star and Middleton. Improvements will include widening most sections of SH-44 to 4 lanes.
The schedule is as follows:
as the cities of Star and Middleton continue to grow along with the surrounding the need to upgrade SH-44 is becoming more and more urgent. efforts to limit growth along the corridor are helping some, but proactive steps need to be taken now to widen what would become a very congested corridor. These improvements also rely on a network of other important projects that will help increase the volume of highways all throughout the Treasure Valley, decreasing travel times and reducing congestion, as well as helping to reduce pollution.
Current plans include preservation of right-of-way along the route to allow for widening and bypasses around the cities of Star and Middleton. Bypasses are necessary to remove the high trafic volume from the main streets in town which would reduse danger to pedestrians. Upgrages also include Widening and operational improvements, left and right turn lanes, and new signals along the route.
XROADS VISION FOR SH-44
Ultimately this hihway if built out should be built as a 4 lane parkway or expressway depending on the setting. Landscaped medians and left turn controls should be utilized where possible to avoid dangerous crossing of the travel lanes. In the more urban sections landscaped medians and a parkway setting with curbs and sidewalks are appropriate where in more interregional or rural settings a 4-lane expressway with landscaped median and bike paths are more appropriate.
- Expand State Street to 6 lanes from Eagle Road to Glenwood Street
- Use landscaped medians where possible to limit left turns across traffic.
- Use Grade separations at major intersections such as Glenwood St and Horseshoe Bend Rd and Eagle Road
- The use of hybrid intersections can also be used to streamline traffic flow at major choke points.