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Under sunny skies this morning, President Duane Nellis and Moscow Mayor Nancy Chaney officially opened the new Stadium Drive Extension during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“Today’s gathering is truly a testament to the power of partnership and a tribute to vision and planning,” Nellis said.
The $1.8 million collaborative project brought together the University, city of Moscow and state of Idaho Transportation Department and Division of Public Works to realize both access and safety goals for the connector project on the northern part of campus. The project is part of the University’s Master Plan that looks at near- and long-term transportation and facilities planning and was first outlined in the 1990s.
The graceful “S” curve of the roadway belies the intensive work that went into the two blocks of work along Stadium Drive. According to Brian Johnson, assistant vice president for facilities, the project had to accommodate several things, including demolition of an old well-house and pedestrian bridge; capping an out of production water well; constructing two bridges over both the existing Paradise Creek Channel and a new creek channel to tie into the nearby Paradise Creek Ecosystem Restoration Project; accommodating pedestrian and bike traffic along the Paradise Path trail; and installing a signal at the State Highway 8 intersection.
The project results in a well-defined entrance to the University on the north side of campus and offers greater safety for pedestrians crossing Highway 8 to and from campus. It also will allow for more efficient traffic control and traffic flow for large events on campus.