Saturday, August 30, 2014

From Paper to Pavement: DBIP Becomes Reality in Boise Beginning This Coming Week

Posted By on Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Once Labor Day 2014 has come and gone, Boise will never be the same—or at least the way people move around Boise.

Boise Weekly readers have known for quite some time about something called the Downtown Boise Implementation Plan. Even Ada County Highway District planners have publicly joked in hearings about BW tagging their blueprint as DBIP. But that blueprint will start to become reality Tuesday, Sept. 2, when ACHD crews begin turning one-way streets into two-ways and introduce more parking spaces (while eliminating others) and painting in more shared-lane markings and bike lanes.

The work begins on 12th Street, between Front and State streets. Motorists can expect delays as 12th becomes a two-way street. Crews will also begin prepping 11th Street to become a two-way. New traffic signals, signage and paint jobs are expected to take four to six weeks. 

Just this past Tuesday, motorists were greeted with a big change on Eighth Street, which is now moving northbound, with a newly-painted green lane dedicated for a contra bicycle lane, moving southbound.

And here's a reminder that in October, the heavily traveled stretch of Capitol Boulevard from Boise State University to the downtown core will be resurfaced, which will tangle morning and afternoon rush hours and make Boise State football game days more of a challenge.

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