Many shoppers heading to the Boise Town Square Mall on Black Friday will end up in the red on their finances, but the Ada County Highway District is offering the green light coming and going.
Thanks to their video control center in Garden City, traffic signal timing will be altered by “congestion management staff” to keep the cars–and the money they bring–flowing into the mall. The Big Brother cameras monitor the flow and the congestion experts change the signal timing trying to stuff cars into the parking lot and get them back home in the afternoon.
Motorists who ignore fire and and blue handicap access spots could find themselves just a little deeper in the red with fines as high as $100. Boise City parking Czar John Eichmann has assigned two parking officers for three days to assist fire and police enforcing city and state parking laws which apply to the private facility.
OTHER STREET NEWS
After we got stuck in a Capitol Blvd. traffic jam Tuesday caused by big buses and a fleet of trucks blocking two lanes, the GUARDIAN contacted the ACHD and the Boise PD. Seems that for the bargain rate of $900 per year the Grove Hotel/Quest arena has a permit that allows them to rent our public street and deny motorists use of a traffic lane. ACHD tells us any traffic obstruction is supervised by a rep of the agency.
The curb lane parking is regulated by Boise City (on the same roadway) and they are researching the fees, if any, that are charged for the parking.
In the same vicinity on Front Street a construction project has caused a diversion of four or five lanes and they pay $614 per month for our public sidewalk closure, but the lane closure and diversion is under a permit of the Idaho Transportation Department because Front street is a state highway!
In the North End a reader complains of “POD” storage boxes blocking part of the street near his home. He has caused a stir with the ACHD, Boise code enforcement, and the Boise PD with his complaint. Turns out that once again the public street has been rented for $15 a week–for nearly two months–to accommodate a house remodel.
In the case of the GROVE situation we think ACHD needs to restrict the scope of the permit to the curb lane only and mandate that loading and delivery activities requiring more street space be done after midnight.
POD storage units simply should not be parked on residential streets. Owners and builders should either keep them on site or rent storage at a private location.
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