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State to widen heavily used road between Meridian, Caldwell

Plans are in the works for a $350 million project to widen one of the Treasure Valley’s most heavily traveled roads between Meridian and Caldwell. The Statesman reports the Idaho Transportation Department proposes to make U.S. 20/26 a six-lane divided ...

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Boise’s Stack Rock Group opens Utah office

The Boise landscape architecture firm Stack Rock Group has opened a second office in Salt Lake City, Utah. The five-year-old firm, co-founded by Krisjan Hiner and Will Howard, has about $950,000 in annual revenues and nine employees, two of them ...

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Twin Falls rebuilds its downtown Main Avenue (access required)

Twin Falls removed all the 40-year-old trees from the five-block downtown stretch of Main Avenue during President’s Day weekend as part of plans to rebuild the street and sidewalks. The new Main Avenue will have new trees, brick accents in ...

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$180 million CWI bond may or may not return

The College of Western Idaho is “re-evaluating everything” before moving forward with financing the $180 million creation of a new Boise campus and expanding its main Nampa campus. CWI’s $180 million bond measure was defeated in the November election. The ...

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Senate passes bill to cut gas hybrid fees (access required)

The Idaho Senate passed a bill Feb. 17 to remove an annual $75 fee from gas hybrids, but could not identify a plan to replace the resulting $1 million shortfall in transportation funding. The 2015 Legislature passed several bills to raise ...

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US home building falls as developers start fewer apartments

U.S. builders broke ground on fewer homes last month, led by a drop in apartment construction. The number of new housing starts declined 2.6 percent in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.25 million, the Commerce Department said ...

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Optimism among US homebuilders weakens

U.S. homebuilders are feeling a bit less confident this month, reflecting a dimmer outlook for sales in the months ahead and fewer would-be buyers dropping by builders’ sales offices. The surprising decline comes ahead of the spring home-buying season, which ...

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Boise city council member sues Ketchum over affordable housing development fees

Boise City Council member Scot Ludwig has sued the city of Ketchum over the affordable housing fees the city charges for development projects that exceed a certain size. Ludwig got a charge of $840,000 from Ketchum in community housing in ...

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U.S. metro-area construction employment is ailing, but not in Boise (access required)

Despite rises in building activity, more than one in three American metropolitan areas saw job losses in construction in 2016. But Boise saw the largest increase in construction employment in the country. Industry leaders are calling on President Donald Trump ...

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