New Citizen-Inspired 'Alternative D' Surfaces for Boise's Broadway/Warm Springs Intersection 

click to enlarge Citizens review ACHD options on the Broadway/Warm Springs intersection. - GEORGE PRENTICE
  • George Prentice
  • Citizens review ACHD options on the Broadway/Warm Springs intersection.

The Ada County Highway District heard its constituency loud and clear regarding the tangled traffic mess that is the Broadway/Warm Springs intersection.

So much so, ACHD planners say they literally went back to the drawing board.

In early April, scores of Broadway area residents attended an open house to weigh in on the debate over what to do about the 1,150 vehicles that roll through the intersection each hour and the additional 550-750 vehicles approaching from Main Street or Warm Springs. At the time, ACHD put three options before the public, including the controversial move to replace the center turn lane on Broadway with a raised median.

Attendees at the April workshop pushed back hard. As a result, ACHD planners now say they have come up with a four option—Alternative D—which includes:
  • A reduction of the size of the Broadway/Warm Springs intersection to make it more pedestrian and bike friendly;
  • Additional buffered, 5-foot bike lanes;
  • A new pedestrian/bike route through Dona Larsen Park;
  • Two signalized pedestrian crossings added north and south of the Broadway/Warm Springs intersection.
Change doesn't come cheap, however. While Alternatives A and B were priced at $2.8 million and $3.9 million respectively, Alternative D would cost $4.3 million.

ACHD staff is recommending approval of Alternative D, but ACHD commissioners will have the final say in the matter when they gavel into session Wednesday, June 15 at 6 p.m. The issue will also be open to public comment before commissioners vote.
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