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ACHD Considers Design Change to 13th and Main Streets

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It's hard to drive anywhere in downtown Boise without navigating construction—including at the intersection of 13th and Main streets, which was recently repaved.

Now, the Ada County Highway District Commission is considering a change to the traffic flow of that intersection.

The current design would remove parking from the front of Idaho Mountain Touring to make room for a left turn lane. That will help as traffic engineers plan to turn 13th Street into a two-way, rather than the northbound one-way it is now. 

According to a news release, the owner of Idaho Mountain Touring told ACHD available street parking is vital to his business. Boise Mayor Dave Bieter then took up the issue, sending a letter to the commission and urging them to sacrifice the left turn lane in favor of parking.

"If the intersection proves to be problematic the dedicated turn lane can always be added at a later date and we can look at alternatives for replacing the parking, such as narrowing the sidewalk," Bieter's letter said.

However, ACHD engineers said eliminating the turn lane will mean traffic backs up when drivers need to turn east onto Main Street.

ACHD commissioners will take up the issue on Wednesday, Sept. 23 in a public meeting 6 p.m. at ACHD headquarters (3775 Adams St.).