Friday, August 8, 2014

Downtown Boise's Eighth Street to Swap Directions Sooner Than Expected

Posted By on Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 11:34 AM

A big change is coming to Boise's downtown core, and it's coming sooner than expected.

By now, Boise Weekly readers know that a section of Eighth Street is about to swap directions (BW, Citydesk, "One Way or the Other," July 30, 2014).  And it was originally slated to change from southbound to northbound sometime in September. But it's ahead of schedule, according to a statement from planners this morning.

The two-block stretch of Eighth Street between Bannock and Main streets, is the only piece of Boise roadway that is not controlled by the Ada County Highway District. Instead, it's the property of the Capital City Development Corporation, Boise's urban renewal agency. And while ACHD has its own plans to turn some one ways into two ways beginning this fall, CCDC was planning on swappping directions for Eighth.

"Change is hard, but people can adapt," CCDC Executive Director John Brunelle told BW. "It should work very well and we're very optimistic."

And pedestrians and motorists should know that construction on Eighth Street will commence Monday, Aug. 11, and the street will be back open for traffic (in a new direction) on Tuesday, Aug. 26. Between Aug. 10 and 12, crews will be excavating and pouring a concrete foundation for a new signal pole at the intersection of Eighth and Bannock. Sidewalks will be closed and no parking will be allowed at the corner in front of the Post Office.  On Aug. 18, the new signal pole will be installed. On Sunday, Aug. 24, the street will remain closed but sidewalks will be open as crews remove markings and signs. Eighth Street will stay closed through the 24th and 25th and the street will be open to northbound traffic on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

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