ITD Public Involvement Coordinator
ITD begins stakeholder meetings on Broadway Bridge replacement over Boise River
BOISE – Meetings with businesses and organizations will start this week on plans to replace the 55-year-old Broadway Bridge that spans the Boise River, the Idaho Transportation Department announced.
Potential improvements to the area include replacing the aging bridge, widening Broadway between Myrtle Street and University Avenue, and repaving Broadway Avenue between University Avenue and Front Street.
The Broadway Bridge was first built in 1891 and replaced in 1956. Today, Broadway Avenue is one of Boise’s busiest highways. The project will look at widening the bridge to better accommodate the cars, pedestrians and bicyclists that travel over the structure, particularly during local community and BSU events.
Design and safety standards for bridges have become more stringent since the current bridge was built in 1956. Inspections
have identified small cracks and signs of wear on the bridge.
“Safety and public involvement are our two top priorities during this project,” said Wade Christiansen, the project manager. “The bridge is part of a vibrant community of local businesses, Greenbelt users, Boise State University and the St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center. We will engage the community for feedback and ideas on how to best involve them throughout design and construction.”
Small-group meetings will begin this month with Boise City staff, surrounding businesses and community organizations. ITD will provide information about the project, ask for issues and concerns to address during the project and gather advice on how to involve the community.
A public open house will be scheduled later this year.
The cost to design, engineer and replace the bridge will be approximately $16 million. The finished bridge will have a 75-year design life.
Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2014.
To learn more about the project, please visit: http://itd.idaho.gov/Projects/D3/BroadwayBridgeReplacement/default.asp.
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