Nampa officials say the city is on target to complete construction of 2nd and 3rd Streets South from 12th Avenue to 16th Avenue South by August.
“The rebuild was badly needed to improve the pavement surface and underground utilities critical to maintaining a vibrant downtown area,” said Nampa spokeswoman Amy Bowman.
Knowing the roadway needed to be completely rebuilt, the city used the opportunity to take care of major utility upgrades at the same time, she explained.
The upgrades include replacement of water valves, hydrants and mains, pressure irrigation, and installation of conduits for lighting and power.
“We appreciate the community’s patience and support as we’ve worked to improve the downtown core. I think people will be very pleased with the finished product,” said Jeff Barnes, the city’s Assistant Engineer.
In a recent community survey conducted by the city, the majority of respondents stated their number one priority was improving roads. “Rebuilding 2nd and 3rd Streets South has been a major infrastructure improvement, but the newly-rehabilitated roadways and utilities will benefit city residents and downtown businesses for years to come,” Bowman said.
When completed, the improvements will fit the Downtown Historic Streetscape Standards and comply will the Americans with Disabilities Act, making it easier for all citizens to access Downtown Nampa businesses and services, officials said.
Access to businesses is open and the city has arranged for two hours of free parking for customers in the Stampede Lot at 1218 2nd Street South.
Customers can also park for one hour free in the downtown garage adjacent to the Nampa Library.
The city provides updates about the project at its website: http://cityofnampa.us/projects/downtown