BOISE — The city of Boise and the Ada County Highway District are considering adding 5th and 6th streets to the list of Downtown roads being converted from one-way to two-way streets.
The city's Downtown Implementation Plan already calls for stretches of 3rd, 4th, 8th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and Jefferson streets to become two-ways in the Downtown area between this year and 2019.
Retailers say two-ways are better for them because they make getting to stores easier and slow down traffic so passing motorists have a chance to see what's in their stores.
In addition to the two-way conversions on 5th and 6th streets, the highway district's latest Downtown proposal calls for bike lanes on Capitol Boulevard and Idaho and Main streets. The district, which maintains all of the public roads in Ada County, would also remove one car lane and some parking spaces from each of those roads.
One idea is to put buffered bike lanes, which are separated from car lanes by painted buffers and vertical markers known as candles, in place of car lanes on those roads, according to a highway district statement.
The highway district has scheduled an open house on the proposal from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 13 on the second floor of the U.S. Bank Building, 101 S. Capitol Blvd. in Downtown Boise.
Here's some more information on the proposal.