Goes both ways: 5th St., 6th St. set for conversion

Google Map of street changes

Google Map of street changes

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Downtown Boise used to be made up entirely of two-way streets.

Then it was made up of mostly one-way streets.

Soon - traffic will (mostly) flow both ways in the core area.

The Ada County Highway District spent part of 2016 revamping Jefferson to two-way traffic, and 13th and 14th got a similar revamp in 2015.

Now, 5th Street and 6th Street will join the two-way party. The entire length of 6th Street from Julia Davis Park to Fort Street will be converted, while most of 5th Street will be flipped. (The unique 5th/Hays St/Fort St intersection complicates changing over the last stretch, which will be accomplished in a later phase).

The Capital City Development Corp. is contributing up to $80,000 in taxpayer funds collected through its tax increment financing model to the project.  The idea, CCDC staffers say, is to spur additional development along the streets.

Boise's mayor claimed during a public meeting in December that "several developers are chompin' at the bit," and says this will help ease development work.

Construction could start in 2019 for the first phase.

Don Day

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