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Boise bike lanes could cost taxpayers up to $80,000

A controversial project that brought protected bike lanes to some streets in downtown Boise may soon be over and taxpayers will be left holding the bag.

The Ada County Highway District decided this week that the protected lanes—on Idaho, Main and Capitol in downtown—were not in the best interest of the public due to lack of use.

The lanes, in place since May, could be removed as soon as this weekend, but the issue isn’t settled. District officials will meet Friday afternoon to reconsider a request to do so from Boise City Council President Maryanne Jordan.

The project hasn’t come cheap, according to information provided to District spokesman Craig Quintana said that installation cost about $50,000, mostly from labor and use of specialized equipment.

Removing the lanes could cost as much as $30,000, which could bring the total cost of the experiment to approximately $80,000.More here. Dustin Hurst, IdahoReporter

Do you think the project will be worth the projected $$?

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