TRAFFIC ALERT: State Christmas tree being moved Monday

Posted at 4:11 AM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 06:19:27-05

BOISE, Idaho — A festive traffic alert for you Monday morning, the State Christmas Tree will head to the Capitol on Monday, November 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jefferson Street between 6th and 8th; and Capitol north of Bannock will be closed for the move. Boise Police will implement the closure with support from Ada County Highway District.

The tree is being moved from North Garrett Street to the Capitol using Chinden, Fairview, eastbound I-84 and Myrtle to Capitol Boulevard. The relocation process is a joint effort. The Idaho Department of Lands will cut and rig the tree for lifting, Boise Crane will load, and the Idaho Transportation Department will haul the tree to its destination at the Statehouse. Boise City Police will provide the escort.

Governor Brad Little and First Lady Teresa Little invite the public to join them on the evening of Monday, December 2, for the annual lighting of Idaho’s Capitol Christmas Tree on the Capitol steps beginning at 5:30 p.m. Following the lighting, guests are invited inside the Capitol to view holiday decorations and visit with Idaho’s Constitutional Officers.

This year’s tree is donated by Cory and Chelsea Skinner, whose residence on N. Garrett Street in Garden City. After the tree is trimmed and set, it’s estimated to stand about 30 feet high. The Blue Spruce was planted when the house was built in 1977; the Skinner family has lived at the residence since 2016.