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Commuter Alert: Work to begin Tuesday on a number of downtown Boise streets

Commuter Alert: Work to begin Tuesday on a number of downtown Boise streets

By On Your Side Newsroom. CREATED Sep 1, 2014

The Ada County Highway District will begin work Tuesday, September 2nd, on a number of downtown Boise streets.

Construction will begin on the west side of 12th Street between Front Street and State Street. Motorists should expect delays and daytime lane reductions between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., said ACHD spokeswoman Nicole Pineda. Flaggers will be used to direct traffic as necessary.

“12th Street is one of five streets that will be converted from a one-way to two-way street this fall. To begin to prepare for the conversion, crews will begin upgrading pedestrian ramps on the sidewalks to meet ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards,” Pineda said. “They will also begin preparations to the traffic signals, including adding signal poles, mast arms, and signal heads at certain intersections to accommodate the new opposing traffic.”

When crews have completed these preparations, they will move on to 11th Street and begin similar improvements. Work on these two streets is expected to last approximately four to six weeks.

“This is the first part of the Fall 2014 Downtown Boise Implementation Plan, a series of transportation improvements to the downtown core,” Pineda explained. “Once crews have completed pedestrian ramp upgrades and signal additions and changes, 12th Street between Front Street and State Street, and Capital Boulevard between Front Street and Jefferson Street, will be milled and overlaid. Final street conversion will take place shortly after that.”

The project is expected to be complete by the middle of November