We received a detailed complaint from a reader regarding a recent Ada County Highway District road engineering project near Highlands School off Bogus Basin Road which claims the cure is worse than the disease.
According to the reader, ACHD responded to complaints of cut through traffic on West Braemere by installing a “diverter” at Curling and Braemere which forces motorists leaving the Highlands subdivision to use only a single roadway which increases traffic in front of Highlands School during morning drive times.
ACHD held multiple public meetings and heard hours of comments prior to implementing the changes.
Here is the complaint:
By MORNING MOTORIST
It has been a tough few days. The diverter increased morning traffic on West Curling Drive in front of the Highlands Elementary School where many children are trying to cross the road and also at Bogus Basis Road, where additional children cross the road. Morning traffic coming down East Braemere Road and from East Curling Drive used to be able to exit either on West Braemere Road (over the speed bumps) or on West Curling Drive (in front of Highlands Elementary).
Now, all this morning traffic was pushed in front of the elementary school. While this reduced traffic on West Braemere Road, ACHD only pushed the traffic somewhere else, namely, in front of the elementary school. And done so at the worst time, as morning peak traffic occurs at the same time children are arriving.
The school children have been on the wrong side of this decision.
There have been multiple reports of traffic cutting through the Crane Creek Country Club parking lot to take a left turn to defeat the diverter. And emergency exit in the case of large fire has now been restricted to a single path. There have been a lot of negative reports on the Nextdoor Website, who want the diverter removed (and to be fair, some who want it to remain).
(NOTE COMMISH KENT GOLDTHORPE’S RESPONSE IN THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW)
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