STATE HIGHWAY 16 FREEWAY PROJECT
The purpose of this project is to upgrade state highway 16 by upgrading it
to a 4 lane expressway/freeway From State St to Freezout Hill. Additionally to build an expressway/freeway
South of State St to Interstate 84 on a new alignment currently proposed along McDermott Rd.
||Approx. 16 Miles
Entire Length of ID-16 and the corridor South of ID-44 to I-84 Near McDermott Rd
|Complete Initial Study
|Estimated Project Completion
XRoads Vision for this project:
|XRoads Recommended Completion
State Highway 16 (Emmett Highway) is the main route from Gem County to the
Treasure Valley. The Emmett Highway corridor has been included in the “Connecting Idaho Program” which had included a new
highway connecting to US 95 at the north end of Indian Valley and a connection to a possible southern extension to the
South Valley Corridor along Kuna-Mora Rd. The corridor has
high regional significance as a major commercial corridor for the greater Boise area, and an important link in
The corridor will follow McDermott Rd from I-84 north to US 20/26 then northward
to connect with the current SH-16 alignment at State St (SH-44). From there the highway will follow its current
alignment northward to the top of Freezout Hill in Gem County. Interchanges will potentially be built at I-84,
Ustick Rd, US 20/26 Chinden Blvd, SH-44 State St, Beacon Light Rd, Chapparral Rd, with others possible as well.
XROADS VISION FOR IDAHO 16
This roadway should be constructed as a limited access freeway. I propose that freeway
interchanges be limited along the routing to allow maximum traffic flow. Interchanges should be spaced no closer that 1 Mile
apart and spacing should be more than 2 Miles whereever possible. Exit locations could be located at Interstate 84, Ustick
Rd, Chinden Blvd, State St/SH-44 (construct with Two Southbound exiting lanes), Beacon Light Rd, Deep Canyon, Northbound at
Firebird/Southbound at Chaparral and Jack Ass Gulch Road.
The freeway should be constructed with one-way continuous frontage roads on either
side whereever possible and whereever possible all entrances and exits should connect directly to the frontage roads and
then Frontage roads will provide access to all other Roads. This type of freeway design is most common in Texas where it
has been sucessfully been used for years, and provides flexible access to and from the freeway, while also providing
excellent access for local traffic and to adjacent properties, not to mention the compact design.
Also whereever possible right-of-way planning should be done to reduce the impact to
residential and commercial structures. and environmental impacts should be minimized or abated whithout causing ultimate
harm to the outcome of the project.
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