Increasing Community Connectivity in Bonners Ferry’s South Hill Neighborhood
Bonners Ferry, Idaho | Winter 2014
Lead Consultant: Alta Planning + Design and Charlier Associates, Inc.
Partner: Boundary Economic Development Council
Bonners Ferry requested help to facilitate a conversation between the community and ITD to develop a solution that would benefit both entities. During the project, we brought together stakeholders across the community to identify the challenges and opportunities that existed both within the project and beyond. Local businesses, the school district, city council, community members, and ITD came together to have conversations about the future of Bonners Ferry and develop some strategies that would help achieve safety and connectivity goals.
From those conversations, a revised project emerged with new design alternatives for ITD’s already planned project. ITD provided an additional $8 million to execute the improved streetscape design, and today, the highway features sidewalks and planter strips on both sides of the street, wider sidewalks, narrowed traffic lanes, and improved intersections. With this $11 million project under their belts, Bonners Ferry had the momentum to pursue more grants, landing a $250,000 Community Transformation Grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Idaho and a $15,000 grant from the National Association of Realtors to implement further planning and develop more robust projects to improve the overall livability of the community.