Making Change: Boise Moves In a New Direction ... Literally


  • Kelsey Hawes
If you don't like change, you may want to find another city other than Boise to live in for a while. A seemingly endless list of projects and transformations is scheduled for the City of Trees in the coming weeks.

Beginning Sunday, pedestrians and particularly motorists will begin to see Eighth Street swap directions. Crews were out very early this morning, closing off vehicular travel lanes on Eighth Street in the downtown core. They're removing existing paint from the pavement and are expected to put down new permanent markings by Sunday evening. Some sections of Bannock, Idaho and Main streets are experiencing some periodic lane closures during the project. 

On Monday, Aug. 25, Eighth Street will continue to be closed, including to delivery vehicles, as crews reorient direction signs and re-program traffic signals. Additionally, new concrete will be poured in the northeast corner of the Eighth and Bannock intersection in front of the Post Office to accommodate a new traffic signal.

And come Tuesday, Aug 26, Eighth Street will reopen to one-way northbound traffic, with a southbound contra-flow lane for bicyclists on the west side of the street. In anticipation of some confusion, flaggers will be out on Bannock and Idaho intersections to help motorists with the new traffic pattern.

Meanwhile, on Monday, Aug. 25, 27th Street will be permanently reduced from two lanes in each direction, to just one lane in each direction. The road will be re-striped to include the two lanes and bicycle lanes. Medians will also be installed at Bannock Street and Stewart Avenue. The project is part of the 30th Street Area Master Plan, which calls for 27th Street to become a neighborhood commercial district and more "pedestrian-friendly," according to the ACHD.

Over on Third Street, traffic will be detoured between State and Jefferson streets on Tuesday, Aug. 26, for storm drain work.

Come September, ACHD will also begin a laundry list of changes, as part of the Downtown Boise Implementation Plan, which will convert a number of one-way downtown Boise streets into two-ways.

And in October, the heavily traveled stretch of Capitol Boulevard from Boise State to the downtown core will be re-surfaced, which will tangle morning and afternoon rush hours and make Boise State football game days more of a challenge.