South Boulevard Project

Background

In the summer of 2018, based on data and recommendations from the Bonneville Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMPO) Long Range Transportation Plan, Connecting our Community Plan and the Tautphaus Park Master Plan, several updates were made to South Boulevard, a minor arterial roadway. The improvements were made between Northgate Mile and Sunnyside Road and included the addition of a turn lane, bicycle lanes, push button activated strobe lights and a round-about. The speed limit was also reduced from 35 MPH to 30 MPH. There were also improvements made to storm drainage, sidewalks and curbs. The roadway was then seal coated and re-striped in the fall of 2018. 

On June 5, 2019, Idaho Falls Public Works held a public open house at the Maeck Education Center at the Idaho Falls Zoo. The purpose of the open house was to converse with residents about last year's changes to the roadway and to gather input to ensure that ongoing studies addressed concerns that were observed over the year prior. (See link below to review the Power Point Presentation.)

Next Steps

Throughout the summer of 2019, Public Works will continue to study vehicle speed, vehicle and bicycle volume and traffic incidents associated with the 2018 changes on South Boulevard. The results of these studies will be presented at an Open House on August 15, 2019, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Maeck Education Center at the Idaho Falls Zoo. Following the August 15 meeting, all public comments will be shared with City Council members for review. (See below for instructions on how to receive meeting notifications from the City of Idaho Falls.) 

Future Plans

Similar to other roadways in Idaho Falls, there are short range and long range transportation plans to keep up with population growth and to keep our city streets as safe as possible. There are proposed 5-year recommendations for adding one additional lane on S. Boulevard from 18th to 21st Street to reduce the back-up of traffic going southbound at the intersection of 17th and S Boulevard. (Changing the traffic signal timing at this intersection is not a viable option as it would result in a domino effect on the traffic traveling east and westbound.)The proposed plan would only impact the right-of-way area on the west side of the road from 18th to 21st street, rather than the entire length of S Boulevard. There are some trees on that stretch of right-of-way that would need to be replaced with trees that are the appropriate size that would not damage or impede upon the roadway, sidewalks or the power grid. An exact timeline for this project has not been determined. The project is still in the preliminary stages. The city has applied for federal funding for this section of roadway. 

Public Comment

Individuals who would like to provide input are encouraged to submit comments via email to ifeng@idahofallsidaho.gov or by mail to City of Idaho Falls, Public Works Department, PO Box 50220, Idaho Falls, ID 83405. Deadline: Monday, August 12, 2019. 

City Notifications

To receive notices from the city regarding City Council meetings, construction, press releases, etc.: 

  1. Go to the city's homepage at www.idahofallsidaho.gov or click HERE.  
  2. Enter the email address where you would like to receive the notices. 
  3. To receive City Council meetings and other public meeting notices, scroll down to Agenda Center and click on the envelope next to each category pertaining to the information you would like to receive.
  4. To receive press releases from the city's Public Information Officers (PIO), scroll down to News Flash and click on the envelope next to each category pertaining to the information you would like to receive. Press releases and notices are sent from the following categories: City of Idaho Falls, Idaho Falls Police Department, Idaho Falls Power and Idaho Falls Fire Department. Construction notices are sent from the City of Idaho Falls category. 

City notifications are also sent to every local media outlet (print, television, radio and web). We encourage community members to stay tuned to local media outlets. We also communicate notifications using various social media pages, primarily Facebook and Twitter. 

Public Notices

April 11, 2018 Construction Notice

July 13, 2018 Construction Notice

July 24, 2018 Construction Notice

June 4, 2019 Public Open House Notice

Documents

September 2018: Summary of Public Comment

June 5, 2019 Public Open House Power Point Presentation

S Boulevard & Elm Street Round-About Exhibit

2014 BMPO Survey - Long Range Transportation Plan

South Boulevard (17th-21st Street) Right of Way Map