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Boise
Guardian

At the risk of sounding too logical the GUARDIAN questions how Boise City Councilor Maryanne Jordan plans to squeeze a 10 foot 3 inch wide city bus into a 10 foot traffic lane. In a recent letter to the ACHD, she asserted 10 feet was plenty of room for traffic lanes.
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The question arose after the Ada County Highway District board signed off on a traffic lane plan for Capitol Blvd with Chairman John Franden getting the rest of the board to agree to 11 foot traffic lanes. Jordan wrote the board asking them to reconsider their 11 foot decision and shave off one foot of each lane and donate the space to bicycles.

We found a typical bus and measured the front from mirror to mirror to establish the 10 foot 3 inch width. Even with 11 foot lanes, bus drivers have only 4.5 inches of “wiggle room” on either side in the downtown area. Pitty the poor cyclist who gets too close to a mirror in one of those tiny traffic lanes.

This latest round of bickering between Jordan and the ACHD points up an even larger issue. Boise streets, sidewalks, and blocks are rather small. New buildings like the Zions Bank really belong on at least twice the space.

The 8th Street parking garage is too small for standard size vehicles to do anything less than play “bumper cars” trying to park. The Grove Hotel is so big it intrudes into the sidewalk and forces closure of a lane of traffic. Reality dictates we need some open space downtown and that includes between cars, buses and bikes on the streets.

Painting more stripes does not a wider street make.

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Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

Possible Boise-Atlanta flights on Delta (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune)
Uber auto driving service launches in Boise (Boise Statesman)
Idaho ag disaster cited by USDA (IF Post Register)
Renewal for a reactor at INL (IF Post Register)
Supreme Court reviews Idaho Medicaid rates (Lewiston Tribune)
Nez Perce confluence gill nets remain (Lewiston Tribune)
Pot store to open Saturday in Pullman (Moscow News)
Washington court upholds estate tax changes (Moscow News)
Amendment locks in legislative rule review (Nampa Press Tribune)
Denny Curtis, Burley civic leader, dies (TF Times News)
District 26 has full run of contests (TF Times News)
Schools touting benefits of student uniforms (TF Times News)

Wineries seeing excellent year (Corvallis Gazette)
Two wards hold town hall at Corvallis (Corvallis Gazette)
Eugene says Uber service there violates rules (Eugene Register Guard)
Supreme Court rules for Lane Co over Comcast on taxes (Eugene Register Guard)
John McCain shows up to stump for Wehby (Eugene Register Guard)
Review new water regime for farmers (KF Herald & News)
Klamath school bond canvasses voters (KF Herald & News)
Jackson Co sheriff will retire, endorses (Medford Tribune)
Talent city sets tax on pot (Medford Tribune)
Pot initiative arguments heating up (Pendleton E Oregonian)
State lands agency updates salmon rules (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Why delays in cabling interstate stretches (Portland Oregonian)
Salem hosts both Senate campaigns (Salem Statesman Journal)
Forest Service clarifying photo rules (Salem Statesman Journal)

New sub rescue vehicle arrives at Keyport (Bremerton Sun)
General Dynamics ramps up at Bremerton (Bremerton Sun)
Bremerton Salvation Army expands building (Bremerton Sun)
Battle over DOE rule in tidal project (Everett Herald)
Port Angeles city spending hit in audit (Port Angeles News)
Clallam would limit sites for growing pot (Port Angeles News)
E coli returns to Mercer Island (Seattle Times)
More jets planned for build at Renton in 2018 (Seattle Times)
WA Democrats plan contraception bill (Vancouver Columbian)
Reviewing legislative campaign finances (Vancouver Columbian)

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