Boise Council Will Weigh In On Downtown Roundabout


If you really want to get Boiseans riled up lately, just start talking about transportation, and in particular, how people move in and around Boise's downtown.

A little more than a week after the Ada County Highway District scrubbed away any evidence that buffered bike lanes had recently been offered to cyclists on Capitol Boulevard, Main and Idaho streets, its next high-profile project, a roundabout for Bannock and Third streets, is moving forward.

ACHD has proposed several roundabouts throughout the downtown core, but has chosen Third and Bannock for its first downtown foray. The roundabouts are part of a much bigger plan to morph many of Boise's one-way streets into two-way thoroughfares. Citizens weighed in on the roundabout plan during a May 14 open house (see video above).

And this Tuesday, June 17, the Boise City Council will be briefed on the project during an afternoon work session. The council is expected to craft a policy statement on the issue. But the council and ACHD haven't seen eye-to-eye lately. Many of the city lawmakers urged ACHD commissioners to keep the recent bike lane pilot project going, but we all know how that ended.