8th Street in downtown Boise closed for expanded patio space

Posted at 10:19 AM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-07 21:32:11-04

BOISE, Idaho — Starting at 11 a.m. on June 4, businesses on 8th Street in downtown Boise will temporarily expand their patios. On May 19, Mayor Lauren McLean and the Boise City Council adopted a resolution supporting local businesses to allow for the expansion.

The expansion is to accommodate customers while maintaining required social distancing between customers as well as staff. 8th Street north of Idaho Street is closed to vehicle traffic except for delivery hours between 6 and 11 a.m. A minimum 20-foot wide lane will remain to open for Fire Department, bike and pedestrian access.

Signage, barriers, detectable edges, and ramps have been provided to ensure access for ADA community members. 8th Street from Main Street to Idaho Street will be open on the south side, but parking and sidewalk routes have been modified slightly.

"I applaud the City Council for their willingness to look at bold solutions for our community," said Mayor McLean in a press release. "We welcome requests from other areas in Boise to work with us together on similar solutions. We want to create opportunities in every neighborhood."