Downtown Boise Implementation Plan

Why Are We Here?
There are a lot of proposals for downtown (street beautification, pavement maintenance, new developments, bicycle improvements, two-way street conversions). The Downtown Boise Implementation Plan will ensure we coordinate the work on all these efforts, get the most from our dollars, minimize disruptions, and make downtown Boise a great place.

How Will We Do This?
The Downtown Boise Implementation Plan will develop a guidebook for downtown that identifies:
• The projects and improvements that will be completed in the next five years • The most effective sequence for completing that work • How to best coordinate projects so that we maximize investments and minimize disruptions

Plan Schedule
We Are Here
Jan-Feb Existing Conditions & Current Plans April - May Feb-April Other Ideas & Needs Consolidate Projects & Develop Implementation Strategies May - June Create Implementation Plan The Next Five Years Project Implementation & Construction

Public Meeting Feb 13th

Public Meeting late May/early June

Plan Area

You Are Here

Projects Planned for the Next Five Years

Bicycling in Downtown
Th planned pavement work gives us the opportunity to also add bike facilities in downtown. We would like your input on the existing and future bicycle system in downtown Boise. Please review the next board that shows the existing system and current plans. Then use the interactive maps to tell us what you would like to see.

Existing & Planned Bicycle Facilities

Two-Way Street Conversions
Due to frequent requests from the public and businesses, the feasibility of changing one-way streets to two-way traffic flow was evaluated in 2011. We are refining that initial evaluation now. • Two-way streets may make it easier for people and bicyclists to find their way around downtown • One-way streets provide better traffic flow during busy times • Converting streets to two-way traffic flow may impact existing intersections and on-street parking Please review the next boards on two-way street conversion and provide us your input on priorities and treatments for streets in downtown Boise.

Findings From 2011 Two-Way Conversion Study

Intersection Treatments
When converting one-way streets to two-way, mini roundabouts can be used at intersections instead of traffic signals or stop signs to minimize potential impacts to onstreet parking.
• a small roundabout (inner circle less than 75 feet) • has a traversable central island • most commonly used in low-speed urban environments • vehicles must yield to pedestrians and bicycles as well as other vehicles already in the circle

What is a mini roundabout?

• New: Up to $200,000 • Modification: $50,000 - $75,000

Mini Roundabout
• $50,000 to $250,000

• If turn lane needed, could eliminate 1 to 3 parking spaces per approach

Parking • May eliminate 1 to 2 spaces per approach Pedestrians/Bicycles
• Vehicles required to yield to pedestrians and bicycles

• Protected crossings with signal

Other Characteristics
• Appropriate for a variety of locations • Favorable for intersections with heavy through volumes • Best along coordinated, one-way streets • Can accommodate large vehicles (buses, trucks)

Other Characteristics
• Best for intersections of two-lane, twoway streets • Do not require separate turn lanes • Appropriate for lower speed roads (30 mph or less) • Best for locations with low truck and bus traffic

Whats Next?
We will take your input from tonight and develop a draft:
• • • • downtown bicycle concept two-way conversion concept list of project priorities implementation strategy

We will bring these back for review at a public meeting in late May/early June
All displays and handouts will be posted to ACHD’s web site www.achdidaho.org. Comments are due by February 27, 2013.

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