Friday, February 7, 2014

UPDATE: Water Line Break Tangles ParkCenter Traffic As Winter Blasts Region

Posted By on Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 11:48 AM

UPDATE: Feb. 7, 2014 11:30 a.m.

The Ada County Highway District says northbound ParkCenter Boulevard remains closed near the Park Boulevard bridge following an early morning water line break. Northbound traffic on ParkCenter is being diverted east down Beacon Street, and onto Broadway Avenue and then north to Park Boulevard.

Crews from United Water are on the scene and they estimate it will take approximately 6 hours to repair the broken water line. C&A Paving is supply asphalt for United Water's repair and Capital Paving will be restoring that part of the road. The repairs are anticipated to last at least through Monday, Feb. 10, and possibly longer.

Meanwhile, motorists are being cautioned to avoid the area where Park Boulevard, Clearwater Lane and Front Street intersect through Monday, Feb. 10, or until the lane has been repaired and reopened.

ORIGINAL POST: Feb. 7, 2014 9 a.m.

A so-called "Pineapple Express" is dumping a ton of moisture on the Pacific Northwest this morning, including Idaho, and while the much-needed precipitation is far from calming the fears about a significant shortfall in the region's water tables, it still created quite a mess for commuters Friday morning.

Ada County Highway District plows and sand-spreading trucks worked all night in an attempt to get ahead of the early morning conditions on area roadways. Parts of Ada County received between two and five inches of snow overnight, with the biggest accumulations reported in the Boise Foothills and in areas north of Eagle and Star. Portions of Payette, Weiser, the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley got significantly more snow.

ACHD reports that it deployed some 50 pieces of equipment, mostly trucks equipped with de-icer and sand to tackle bridges, intersections, hills and near schools.

But many of the region's schools decided to call it a "snow day" well before sunrise, beginning with Idaho's two largest districts, Boise and Meridian.

Dozens of schools throughout Southwest Idaho canceled classes today, including Anser Charter, Bishop Kelly High, Compass Charter, the Emmett School District, the Foothills School of Arts and Sciences, the Fruitland School District, Giraffe Laugh Daycare, the Montessori Academy, North Star Charter, the New Plymouth School District, Riverstone International, Rolling Hills Public Charter and Village Charter.

Meanwhile, the morning rush hour was that much more challenging Friday morning after a water main broke near Boise's Parkcenter Bridge. Boise Police blocked off the bridge at Park and Parkcenter due to the break.

Boise Police officers reported that Friday's morning's commute would probably take at least twice the normal time just within the city limits.

But it didn't take long for the region's ski resorts to quickly send out tweets and update their Facebooks with a "powder alert," reporting significant amounts of new snow at the bases and summits.

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