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Four design options are being considered for the five-block-long Main Avenue Redesign Area

  • Back-In/Head-Out Angle Parking on Both Sides
  • Head-In/Back-Out Angle Parking on Both Sides
  • Back-In/Head-Out Angle Parking on One Side; Parallel on One Side
  • Head-In/Back-Out Angle Parking on One Side; Parallel on One Side
Click on the link below for a matrix showing information related to each option, such as width of sidewalks/pedestrian amenity areas, number of parking spaces for the five blocks, and bicycle facilities.

Main Avenue Redesign Options

 

The City wants your thoughts on back-in/head-out parking. May 13th through May 27th, the City is testing back-in parking on Main Avenue and would like feedback on your experience. These testing areas are in front of DL Evans Bank and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul thrift store. Keep your eyes open for the orange flags and traffic sign showing the three steps of back-in angle parking.

Below is a link to a questionnaire on your experience with back-in/head out parking. You can either complete the PDF file and email it to Melinda Anderson, Twin Falls Economic Development Director, or complete the form using the Survey Monkey link. We will compile the responses and present the finding to City Council.

Instead of pulling into the parking spot, cars back into their spots, allowing drivers to make eye contact with oncoming traffic when exiting the space. Just like parallel parking, the driver signals a right turn to warn other drivers, pulls past the parking spot, stops, and then reverses into the parking spot. Some benefits of this strategy are; better lines of sight, improved safety for children and pedestrians, and improved loading and unloading.

If you would like to learn more about back-in/head-out parking, we have provided a few documents below:
 

The Twin Falls Urban Renewal Agency and the Main Avenue Redesign team wrapped up another very successful week of stakeholder meetings and a public open house during the week of February 16th. Once again we reached out to those we met during our October visit and were able to connect with new groups such as the Magic Valley Trail Enhancement Committee. This visit allowed the team to show concepts and options for the project area. To see the materials that were presented at these meetings, click here or visit the Public/Stakeholder Involvement page to see all documents created to date.

 

 

Please join us at the design workshop on Thursday, February 19th, 2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Historic Ballroom
205 Shoshone Street North
Twin Falls, Idaho

You will have the opportunity to provide comments and input on things you would like to see move forward in design. Click here to see design concepts being presented this week.

If you are interested in participating in a small group discussion please contact Mandy Flett at 503.314.2346 or mandy.flett@otak.com.

 

The Main Avenue area of Downtown Twin Falls is being reinvented. In the next few years, this area will become an even more vibrant, fun, and attractive place to be with a refreshed streetscape and a new public plaza. The project area is focused on a five-block segment of the Main Avenue corridor and adjacent alleyways between Fairfield Street and Jerome Street.

The community is invited to attend a design workshop on Thursday, February 19, 2015, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Historic Ballroom located at 205 Shoshone Street North in Twin Falls. Concepts and options for the project area will be presented at the workshop, and participants will have the opportunity to provide comments and input on things they would like to see move forward in design. Preliminary design is scheduled to be completed by the end of May 2015 and then the project will move forward into final design, with the anticipation that construction would begin in 2016.

In April 2014, the Agency announced that it would replace and upgrade deteriorating infrastructure – such as underground utility lines, streets and sidewalks, and landscaping – in Downtown Twin Falls. The replacement of infrastructure, some of which is nearly 100 years old and too deficient to accommodate the needs of current and future businesses, will enhance the historic district of the City of Twin Falls for future development and revitalization.

The project will address the following:

  • Potential redevelopment and revitalization opportunities
  • Optimum solutions for parking, both on- and off-street
  • Enhanced walkability and bicycling facilities
  • Street and streetscape improvements, including intersections
  • Sidewalk improvements, including width and updated paving materials
  • Landscaping, including street trees
  • Street lighting and pedestrian lighting/accent lighting
  • Wayfinding and signing for all modes (motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists)
  • Public art opportunities
  • Public gathering places/pocket parks
  • Expanding and relocating water, sewer, gas, power, and telecommunication infrastructure to better serve existing businesses and redevelopment in the project vicinity

For more information about the Community Meetings, or to get involved in the Main Avenue Project, please contact Melinda Anderson, Executive Director of the Twin Falls Urban Renewal Agency, at manderson@tfid.org or at 208.735.7240


 

The Twin Falls Urban Renewal Agency and the Main Avenue design team wrapped up a successful week of stakeholder meetings and a public open house during the week of October 13. The design team met with local business owners, young professionals, civic clubs, and art and bicycle advocates. We also enjoyed visiting with students from CSI, Twin Falls High School, O'Leary Junior High, Lincoln Elementary, and Bickel Elementary. The students contributed many valuable ideas, and we have posted some of the drawings and talk bubbles they created.

We heard many great ideas for Main Avenue during this visit, and we will summarize them in a report coming soon. Please be sure to check back.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Below are links to two different questionnaires: Parking and Public Gathering Spaces and Utility and Construction. Your input will help create a design that best serves the community and that minimizes construction-related issues.

GatheringSpacesQuestionnaires       UtilityConstructionQuestionnaires

Please provide responses to the questionnaire to the best of your knowledge and return it to our team member by mailing to the address provided below:

Andrea Gumm, J-U-B Engineers
115 Northstar Avenue
Twin Falls, ID 83301 

You also can scan and return your filled-out questionnaires to Andrea via email: agumm@jub.com

If you have any questions about this survey, please call or email Andrea Gumm at 208-870-8751.

Please note the information you provide will ONLY be used for purposes of the Main Avenue Area Redesign project.
Responses must be received or postmarked by November 17, 2014.


 

The Twin Falls Urban Renewal Agency (URA) is revitalizing Downtown Twin Falls. In April 2014, the Agency announced that it would replace and upgrade deteriorating infrastructure, including underground utility lines, streets and sidewalks, and landscaping. The infrastructure replacements will accommodate the needs of current and future businesses, and will enhance the historic district for future development and revitalization.

In August 2014, the URA retained Otak, Inc. to develop a master plan and preliminary design plan for the Main Avenue area. The Main Avenue Area Redesign project built on previous visioning plans to redesign the five-block area along Main Avenue between Fairfield Street and Jerome Street. Other team members involved in the master planning process included J-U-B Engineering (with local Twin Falls Staff), Leland Consulting Group (economic development), and Kittelson Associates (traffic and parking).

This process resulted in the decision to maintain utility main locations in the alley ways because it was determined that this approach would cause the least amount of disruption to existing property owners. In June 2015, the URA moved forward with final design and engineering of utility system replacements within the alley ways of the Main Avenue Area Redesign project. J-U-B Engineering is leading this work, with Gary Haderlie as the primary contact (ghaderlie@jub.com 208.733.2414).

After the URA and the City Council approved the Main Avenue Area master plan and preliminary design in August 2015, the URA moved forward with final design and engineering of the Main Avenue Streetscape and Downtown Commons improvements. Otak, Inc. is leading this work, with Mandi Roberts as the primary contact (mandi.roberts@otak.com 206.949.2741).

Click here for more information about the Main Avenue Streetscape and Downtown Commons Improvements.
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