Boise may close 8th Street to expand outdoor dining spaces


A popular downtown Boise street will soon be closed to most vehicle traffic to allow for more socially distanced restaurant seating.

Boise City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution to close a section of Eighth Street most of the day to allow restaurants to expand patio seating to the curb. Pedestrians and cyclists will use the street to move around, instead of the sidewalk.

The Idaho Press reports, Mayor Lauren McLean and city council members were highly supportive of the move; the vote was unanimous.

Eighth street would be closed to vehicle traffic for two blocks, from Main Street to Bannock Street. The street would be open during delivery hours — 6 to 10 a.m. — and in the evening after restaurants had closed.