Boise looks to ease traffic along State Street

City looks to ease traffic along State Street.

BOISE - Traveling down State Street during rush hour can sometimes be a flat-out headache. It's a problem that is only getting worse with the growth of the city.

But there's good news for those who travel along State Street: Agencies are working to alleviate some of the congestion.

The city of Boise recently got a $279,000 grant from the federal government to study State Street and help prepare it for better public transportation. The city of Boise added $100,000 of their own for the same effort.

"The plan that was adopted in 2011 was for a bus rapid transit line. So we'd add two lanes. So it would be a seven-lane corridor and those extra two lanes would accommodate the bus line, as well as high occupancy vehicles," Daren Fluke, the comprehensive planning manager for the city of Boise said.

Fluke added the bus transit system will finally give people the choice of either driving their car or taking public transportation.

"We have this one way right now, single-occupancy vehicle, and that's the only choice that you have; by transit we provide folks a choice in how they get around," Fluke said.

Before any lanes are added, the Ada County Highway District says certain measures have to be met, including a development plan, 1,500 bus riders, and more than 43,000 cars. 

Currently, there are about 40,000 drivers who take to State Street every day; making it one of the busiest roads in Ada County, which is why ACHD has already started work on the street.

"We have been working on a lot of pedestrian improvements this past year, throughout that corridor. Just adding some additional pedestrian signals and sidewalks and traffic signals that kinda help traffic flow more smoothly through the corridor," Nicole DuBois with ACHD said.

Copyright 2016 KTVB


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