Road Closures at Skyline Drive and Murphy Ave.
On June 23, 2015, Skyline Dr. was closed at State Highway 44 to minimize center turn-lane conflicts between Skyline Dr. and the stoplight at S. Middleton Rd. Murphy Ave. was closed south of Hometown Family Eyecare to maintain access to established businesses, minimize traffic accidents, and establish a different traffic pattern for getting onto SH-44 from S. Middleton Road.
On May 20 and June 3, 2015, the Mayor and City Council considered memoranda prepared by traffic engineers that compared standards of the Institute of Transportation Engineers to speed, road condition, road geometry, and accident data for the intersections. The decision to close the roads was made June 3, 2015. The memoranda can be viewed below
The City intends to straighten Middleton Rd. from the Boise River to State Highway 44 (Straightening Middleton Road Project). This project has about seven expensive phases or corollary projects, culminating with design anticipated in 2018 and construction anticipated in 2019. The City is taking steps to accomplish this multi-phased, multi-year project in an orderly manner without raising property taxes.
Summer Is Here - Be Aware Of Crossing Laws
Some laws about yielding when people cross a road are listed below. Please be courteous to drivers and pedestrians, and report violations to the Middleton Police.
Vehicles Yield to Pedestrians (I.C. 49-702):
Vehicles yield to pedestrians crossing within a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. Vehicles approaching a stop sign shall stop at a clearly marked stop line or before entering the crosswalk (I.C. 49-807). Vehicles shall not pass a vehicle stopped at a marked or unmarked intersection crosswalk allowing a pedestrian to cross the road.
A pedestrian shall cross a road at a right angle or by the shortest route to the opposite curb. A pedestrian shall not suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.
Pedestrians Yield to Vehicles (I.C. 49-704):
Pedestrians crossing a road, other than within a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, shall yield the right-of-way to vehicles. No pedestrian shall cross an intersection diagonally.
Bicycles on Sidewalks (I.C. 49-721):
A person riding a bicycle on a sidewalk shall yield to a pedestrian, and give an audible signal before passing a pedestrian or another bicyclist. A person riding a bicycle, skateboard, scooter, or motorized wheelchair on a sidewalk shall have all the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances.
Proposed Road Closure:
There have been 21 accidents since 2012 at the intersection of State Highway 44 and Murphy Street (between Hometown Eye Care and Burgess Pump): 13 with property damage only, six (6) with injuries, and two (2) hit-and-runs. There have been five accidents since 2012 at the intersection of State Highway 44 and Skyline Drive: two (2) with property damage only, two (2) with injuries, and one (1) hit and run.
Horrocks Engineers presented draft intersection analyses to the City Council on May 20, 2015, and intend to present its final reports and recommendations to City Council on June 3, 2015. The Mayor has recommended closing the intersections, and the Fire Chief has indicated that closing the intersections will have minimal affect on the ability to provide emergency services to residents.
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City Seeks Grant to Help Fund Splash Pad in Piccadilly Park
At the January 22, 2015 community meeting, residents gave input on three different design concepts for a splash pad planned in Piccadilly Park. The concept shown below reflects the desired design and features that received the most votes at that meeting.
The 3,000 square foot, zero depth, splash pad features three separate play areas: toddlers zone with mushrooms, flowers, water bubblers (300 sq. ft.) , high use zone with water rings, water tower dumping bucket, ground jets (1900 sq. ft), and teen zone with water cannons, dumping bucket, ground jets (800 sq. ft). The design also features a grassy (artificial turf) shade area, by the toddler zone, for observers who want to be close but not get wet! All features selected for the splash pad are ADA compliant. The design also includes a water storage tank to re-use water from the splash pad to irrigate the park at night.
The City submitted an application to Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to help fund 50% of the splash pad. Residents can contribute to the park through the Pave the Path to the Park brick program. Bricks can be purchased for as low as $50.00, include a personal engraved message, and will become a part of the hardscape surrounding the splash pad. Forms can be obtained on the City website at www.middleton.id.gov or picked up at City Hall.
Pave the Path to the Park Donation Form