ACHD to repaint confusing traffic lines

Posted at 4:44 PM, Aug 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 18:44:19-04

BOISE — If you've driven west on Main Street lately coming out of downtown Boise, you no doubt have been confused by the way the traffic lanes have been painted.

A number of you have called our 6 On Your Side newsroom complaining about it.

So we reached out to the Ada County Highway District for answers.

ACHD spokesperson Natalie Shaver said crews are scheduled to repaint the lanes Thursday night and Friday (weather permitting) to make things easier for drivers.

The lanes were painted not too long ago after crews resurfaced Main Street, and added bike- and left-turn lanes near Fairview Avenue and Main.

Shaver said the plan worked well on paper -- but not so well in real life.

Drivers in some areas ended up maneuvering nearly a full lane to one side, to stay within the traffic lines.

Officials said the design had problems -- and then, some of the lines weren't painted as expected. The bike lanes will be retained with the new traffic striping.

Shaver said the entire project cost about $420,000. “The project wasn’t completed, so some of that money is still unspent,” she said.

(Associated Press contributed to this story)

(photo courtesy: Ada County Highway District)