Warm Springs Road Block 

Attendees must find alternate routes to Shakespeare Festival

Beginning Monday, July 6, Warm Springs Avenue between Starview Drive and Wise Way will be barricaded off for construction. And though road closures don’t typically make news here in A&E, those planning to head out to see A Comedy of Errors, The Mystery of Edwin Drood or Twelfth Night at Idaho Shakespeare Festival any time during the next seven weeks are going to need another game plan.

The Ada County Highway District posted the above alternate route on their Web site, which advises Festival-goers to use Broadway Avenue, Boise Avenue and Eckert Road to navigate around the closed chunk of Warm Springs. Though this road closure couldn’t come at a more unfortunate time for ISF, it is a necessary inconvenience to make sure the East Parkcenter Bridge's slated November opening isn't delayed. This project has been envisioned since the 1970s and will connect Warm Springs Avenue and Parkcenter Boulevard. All of this closure mess could've been avoided, though, if Harris Ranch developers had met their deadline to build a new alternate road east of Table Rock.

While this will be a substantial pain in the ass for North- and East-Enders making the trek out to ISF, there is an up side: bike motivation. The Boise Greenbelt’s bike pathway will remain open during the road closure, though ACHD advises bikers to be cautious in the construction zone. A few words for those who oppose head trauma: If you currently bike sans helmet, now might be a good time to invest in one.

For more information on the Warm Springs Avenue closure, click here.

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