Boise City Council President Elaine Clegg said she expects a northward extension of Bird Street will improve traffic flow on the streets around 20 apartment buildings Summit Development plans to build in West Boise, even though the development itself will increase the total number of cars traveling on those streets.
The key is that Bird Street, which dead-ends about 500 feet north of Overland Road between Vinnell Way and Chase Street, will connect to Hackamore Drive, which connects to Maple Grove Road to the west and Vinnell to the east. That will provide residents of Summit’s complex, as well as other drivers, an alternative to Overland, which is the only option now.
The Bird Street extension was a condition of the City Council’s approval of the project. The Boise Planning and Zoning Commission approved Summit’s plan in October.
Neighbors, many of whom live on Chase, appealed to the City Council, saying they’re worried about increasing traffic on that part of Overland, which is already one of the busiest stretches in Ada County. Other projects, including a new Idaho Humane Society facility, will further increase traffic in the area.