I do not reside in the East End, but east of both – worse. Council members have stated the St. Luke’s expansion plan is all about traffic. I’ve attended the council hearings — here are 10 “unspoken” traffic issues for the future: (1) the collision of BSU and St. Luke’s expansion plans with the additional traffic these monoliths will create in close proximity to each other; (2) on the drawing board, condominium and town-home developments in the area of Warm Springs Mesa; (3) build-outs of Brighton, Harris Ranch, the Terraces; (4) disruption for any purpose, repair or construction of Warm Springs, causing sizable backups; (5) school-year traffic; (6) special event traffic, now requiring “Traffic Alert” signs on Warm Springs; (7) Shakespeare is expanding; (8) where is ACHD?; (9) we’ve been told minutes count, the expansion will save those minutes, however, how many minutes will be lost as emergency vehicles negotiate the increased congestion and roundabouts? Any studies? (10) guess what I did driving 3.5 miles to work along Warm Springs, waiting in traffic 10-plus minutes? Turned on to the first East End street I could, headed to Jefferson to get downtown. Boise needs Jefferson more than ever for traveling to all points west.
Sandra Carter, Boise
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