BW first reported back in May (BW, News, "Roundabout," May 9, 2007) that the Ada County Highway District was moving forward with plans to build two of the circular intersections in Boise, one at the intersection of Warm Springs Avenue, Granite Way and Old Penitentiary Road, and the other at Hill Road, 36th Street and Catalpa Road. Both were slated for construction in 2009.
But a dispute with the Idaho Board of Corrections has put the Warm Springs roundabout on hold.
According to the East End Neighborhood Association—which originally proposed the idea of the roundabout to slow traffic through the area—the Board of Corrections has refused to donate or sell a portion of the necessary land because of concerns over effects of the project.
The association had previously secured the support of both ACHD and the City of Boise, and helped get a $300,000 federal grant to pay for landscaping around the roundabout and a set of arches flanking either end of what will be called the Historic Warm Springs Neighborhood. The two sandstone arches with metal-framed archways will stand at Avenue C, near East Junior High School, and near the planned roundabout.
The future of the roundabout is in limbo as the association works with the project designer to deal with the Board of Correction's concerns. But don't worry: the arches are continuing as planned.