What Will Nampa Spend new Amazon Money On?
If you've driven along I84 between 10 Mile and Garrity lately, you've undoubtedly noticed the new construction for the Amazon.com's new distribution center. That project is going to be good economically for Nampa.
Not only will the new facility provide our region with new jobs, but according to a report from the Idaho Press, the city is also going to receive $4.7 million from Amazon.
So what does the City of Nampa plan to spend the money on? Our news partner KTVB Newschannel 7 reports that a new software system that will sync traffic lights throughout the area is top priority for the city.
Nampa has laid out four projects had most passionately endorsed the $4.7 million be allocated to and presented that to the Idaho Department of Transportation.
The traffic signal project would unify the city's traffic lights on one system (called the Intelligent Transportation System), and would allow the cameras at Nampa traffic lights to be operated and monitored from a central location and on the same software.
The second priority would be adding turn lanes on East Franklin Road at the McDermott Road intersection near the Amazon Distribution Center.
Other plans that would have to be put into place later (or with funding outside the $4.7 million) would include planning a Highway 16 extension at I84, and traffic flow improvements along Garrity Boulevard near I84 close to the WinCo Foods.