- Option B would include a significant reduction of the size of the Broadway/Warm Springs intersection.
In early April, Boise citizens attended an open house to weigh in on a debate: "What to do about the Broadway/Warm Springs intersection?" Approximately 1,150 vehicles travel into the intersection from Broadway each hour; and an additional 550-750 approach from Main Street or Warm Springs.
Officials from the Ada County Highway District put three options before the public:
Options A and B are similar in that on Broadway, they would add buffered bicycle lanes (eliminating the center turn lane), a raised median on Broadway and remove cross-lane turns. The biggest difference is that Option B includes an extra right-turn signal for vehicles turning onto southbound Broadway from Main Street.
Option C is no change to the existing layout.
Now, the City of Boise wants to add its two cents. City staff is recommending Option B, saying it provides additional benefits for cyclists and pedestrians, but they want to see a few more tweaks, such as more access to properties along the street from the proposed median, U-turn options at intersections with signals, U-turn options at mid-block and an expansion of the road to include more "pockets" for left turns.
ACHD commissioners have scheduled a public hearing and vote on the issue during a Wednesday, May 25 meeting. Construction is anticipated for 2019.
- George Prentice
- Citizens review ACHD options on the Broadway/Warm Springs intersection.