Infrastructure Subcommittee Identifies Needed Improvements In Downtown Twin Falls


By Paul Johnson

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - The Downtown Infrastructure Committee met on Wednesday, March 12 to plan the next steps in improving infrastructure in Old Town and Downtown Twin Falls to accommodate future growth and redevelopment.
The committee was appointed by the Twin Falls Urban Renewal Agency to address infrastructure issues – such as waterlines, sewer lines, as well as streets, sidewalks and landscaping – that may be preventing development or revitalization efforts in the downtown area.
In 2013, the Twin Falls Urban Renewal Agency held an open house to gather input from citizens and downtown stakeholders regarding changes they would like to see in Historic Downtown Twin Falls. Following the information gathering session, the TFURA contracted with JUB Engineering to draft an in-depth assessment of downtown infrastructure.
The assessment identified Old Town and Downtown infrastructure that was in need of replacement or improvement, and then prioritized them based on condition and the impact on the downtown area. The report identified millions of dollars in potential improvements, however, the TFURA has limited funding - about $17 million - to pay for the projects through tax increment financing.
The subcommittee, which is made up of members of the Twin Falls Urban Renewal Agency, Twin Falls City Council and City Staff, is developing a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) to replace the aging infrastructure.
The CIP will be developed with stakeholder and citizen input to prioritize projects in a nearly 30-block area over several years.

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