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The Big Squeeze: Expect Front Street Delays

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The five lanes of Front Street push thousands of commuters through downtown Boise each weekday. - KELSEY HAWES
  • Kelsey Hawes
  • The five lanes of Front Street push thousands of commuters through downtown Boise each weekday.
One of the busiest arterials in Idaho, Front Street in downtown Boise will become even more congested in the next few weeks.

Front, which is actually U.S. Highway 26, pushes tens of thousands of vehicles across five lanes through downtown Boise each weekday. Those five lanes will be reduced to three beginning Monday, Nov. 14 and continuing through much of next while the city of Boise makes upgrades to its geothermal line.

The squeeze will push much of the traffic to the north as the two southern lanes between Avenue A and Third Street are shut down. The construction is also expected to impact a lane of Third Street just before it reaches Front.

The following week, which includes Thanksgiving, motorists can expect one lane of Front Street to be shut down while the geothermal work continues. Crews are expected to wrap up that phase of the project on Wednesday, Nov. 30