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The Lake Lowell Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Plan Project Team is developing a bicycle and pedestrian plan that aims to improve connectivity from the cities of Nampa and Caldwell to the Lake Lowell area to increase safety and improve the experience for bicyclists and pedestrians in the region. A Core Team of community stakeholders and professional consultants led by the Federal Highway Administration is currently seeking input on what types of transportation improvement projects members of the public would like to see included in this plan.  The Core Team leading this effort includes representatives from the Cities of Nampa (Bike Walk Nampa, Nampa Parks and Recreation, and Public Works staff) and Caldwell, Canyon and Nampa Highway Districts, Canyon County Development Services, Canyon County Sheriff’s Office, Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge and a team of consultants.

An interactive map displaying the planning area boundary is now available for public review until September 5, 2015. The map can be accessed here: http://3pvisual.com/projects/lakelowell/comments.aspx. Members of the public are encouraged to view the online map and submit comments regarding areas of concern and suggestions on where certain types of improvements should be made. Submitted comments will remain visible to others, allowing the public to see the concerns and ideas of their community members. Comments submitted will be considered and incorporated into the proposed plan.

 “There has been an increased interest in non-motorized transportation connections along rural roads with narrow shoulders from the Cities of Nampa and Caldwell to high-use recreation sites near Lake Lowell. These routes present safety and visitor experience concerns.  This project proposes to address these issues by creating a bicycle and pedestrian plan encompassing the region around Lake Lowell, including portions of Nampa and Caldwell,” said Tim Richard, an engineer with Canyon County Highway District who was instrumental in securing funding for the project.

The Lake Lowell Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Plan Project Team began planning efforts in July 2014 after receiving federal funding from the Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP), a transportation funding source aimed at improving connectivity between communities and Federally-owned lands. The Core Team is working to identify existing conditions and needs for bicyclists and pedestrians in the area. They have met with key community stakeholders to determine initial needs and improvements desired by members of the public. This information, along with input from a Technical Advisory Committee, will be included in the draft plan. Once public comment has been received and incorporated via the interactive map referenced above, a final plan will be adopted and approved by each local jurisdiction.

The consultant team is being led by Kimley-Horn and Associates, and includes JUB Engineers, Alta Planning and Design, and The Langdon Group.

For more information on the Lake Lowell Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Plan, please visit the interactive map. Questions can be directed to Susan Law at susan.law@dot.gov.

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