This project will widen sections of Idlewild from W.T. Harris to Valley Grove Road and from McAlpine Creek to Oak Drive. The section from Valley Grove Road to McAlpine Creek will be repaved and striped to accommodate a center turn lane and bike lanes. Additional improvements include left turn lanes, bicycle lanes, sidewalks and pedestrian refuges.
The Idlewild Road widening project was one of several projects that received funding to begin planning only. A planning report, completed in October 2004, provided information on existing conditions, traffic analysis, project alternatives, recommended alternatives and citizen involvement among others. The report was revisited with anticipated funding on the way and City Staff presented additional alternatives to the public based on changes to the area. After careful consideration and input from citizens, alternate #2 was selected. Funding for real estate acquisition and construction was approved by voters in the 2010 transportation bond referendum.
Planning and design phase
City staff planned and designed the improvements to Idlewild Road. These plans were based on safety, cost, benefits, traffic analysis and an extensive public involvement process that allowed citizens and nearby businesses to provide input at two public meetings.