The Ada County Highway District (ACHD) will host an open house tomorrow (Wednesday, March 16) to gather public opinion on different concepts being proposed for Main and Idaho streets in downtown Boise. The open house will be held at the Boise City Hall in the Council Chambers on the third floor. Businesses are invited to attend from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., and the general public is invited from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
At the request of the City of Boise, ACHD is evaluating concepts that propose to remove auto lanes and/or parking lanes in exchange for bike lanes on these two streets. Four options are currently being considered:
–No Build: Bike lanes on Jefferson Street. This plan would not add bike lanes to Main and Idaho, but would remove on-street parking on the north side of Jefferson Street to add bike lanes.
–Bike Lanes Protected by Parking: This plan would move on-street parking between the new bike lane and the motor vehicle lanes on Main and Idaho streets. It would remove one motor vehicle lane on parts of Main and Idaho streets.
–Bike Lanes with Painted Buffer: This plan would add a painted buffer between the new bike lane and on-street parking and the adjacent motor vehicle lane on Main and Idaho streets. It would also remove on motor vehicle lane on parts of Main and Idaho.
–Protected Bike Lanes: This plan would replace on-street parking on one side of Main and Idaho streets with a new bike lane separated by a painted, three-foot buffer and a vertical element, such as a row of plastic pylons.
Staff will be on hand at the open house to answer questions. Public comments will be taken until March 30th. Those unable to attend the open house can still participate in an online survey, accessible at www.achdidaho.org. All of the open house materials will be available online by the close of business on Thursday, March 17. From there, the project team will review all of the input received from the public, and make a recommendation to the ACHD Commission at the April 27 Commission Meeting, held at the ACHD Auditorium (3775 Adams Street, Garden City).
If the Commission adopts a plan for Main and Idaho streets, the plan will proceed to detailed design, and the implementation would occur with planned maintenance in 2017. If the No Build Option is selected, bike lanes on Jefferson Street will be built in 2016 with planned maintenance.
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