Thursday, September 27, 2007

Traffic Woes

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Ah, game day—the thrill, the competition, the traffic. With a 5:30 p.m. kick-off time, tonight’s Boise State game promises some headaches for anyone trying to get around downtown.

The Boise Police Department is asking commuters to avoid Broadway and Vista avenues and Capitol Boulevard this evening if possible, and to expect heavy traffic throughout the area.

Fans are reminded that parking will be tight, and that officers will be out in force, looking for illegal parking. That includes blocking driveways, crosswalks and fire hydrants; parking too close to intersections or stop signs; or parking illegally in alley. Ticket will usually run $36, although vehicles will be towed if they are blocking access.

To help alleviate the problem, free shuttle service from downtown will be offered for two hours prior to the game, and one hour after. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes, with stops at the corners of 8th and Idaho streets, 6th and Grove streets, 10th and Main streets and 8th and Broad streets.

Additionally, officers will be watching for revelers who have enjoyed themselves a little too much. Remember, not only is public intoxication illegal, but so too are open alcohol containers and urinating in public. Each carries a fine of up to $1,000 and six months in jail.

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