Downtown project receives innovation award

by Daniel Moore
Press Staff Writer

The downtown revitalization project in American Falls will receive additional praise this week. The Treasure Valley Chapter of WTS, the Women’s Transportation Seminar, will give the project an Innovative Project Solutions Award.

WTS is an organization that encourages women’s participation in the transportation industry since 1977. Each year, the organization recognizes local transportation projects. The project will be awarded on Thursday, Jan. 23, in Boise.

The Federal Highway Administration, which administered the TIGER grant for the project, nominated the project for the award. WTS will give the administration the award, as well as certificates to key personnel. Jason Giard, with the administration, will present an overview of the project. City officials have been invited to attend.

“This project supports a city goal to provide multi-modal transportation access to the downtown area of American Falls, including access by persons with disabilities,” stated the nomination of the project. The nomination form pointed out how the city combined several funding sources, held weekly meetings and reacted quickly to a flash flood that occurred during the project.

“All users now have accessible sidewalks in which to get access to different businesses, apartments, a public park and city offices. This project completed Phase 1 of American Falls’ long range vision to attract industry, business, tourism and jobs to the community. The landscaping, street lighting and updated underground utilities have provided an aesthetically pleasing revitalization of the downtown area,” the nomination form stated.

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