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2/25/2013

Contact:
Adam Rush
Public Involvement Coordinator
(208) 334-8119

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Public comment sought on Broadway Bridge project

BOISE - Public workshops will be held in the next few months to gather comments on a project to replace the Broadway Bridge in Boise, the Idaho Transportation Department announced.

The first workshop will be Thursday (Feb. 28), from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Washington Group Plaza (720 Park Blvd.) in the Central Plaza Training Room. The second workshop will be in mid-March and the third workshop in early April.

The transportation department will use comments gathered at the workshops to develop a range of design options for the project. Design options will be presented during a public open house this summer.

“The goal is to design a safe structure that will accommodate future traffic conditions, as well as serve pedestrians and bicyclists,” said Wade Christiansen, ITD’s manager for the project.

“Working with a variety of people – including businesses, residents, bicycle and pedestrian groups, the city of Boise and BSU – will ensure that we make this project into an attractive gateway that reflects the unique character of our collective community.”

The transportation department announced its intent to rebuild the Broadway Bridge in mid-2012. After routine inspections, it was determined the existing bridge, which was built in 1956, is showing signs of wear.

The structure also is too narrow for the high volume of cars, pedestrians and bicyclists that travel over it each day, particularly during events at Boise State University. An average of about 24,500 cars travel across the Broadway Bridge daily. In addition, pedestrian and bicyclist use continues to grow.

For more information, please visit itd.idaho.gov and click on "Projects" at the top of the screen. On the Projects page, click on Southwest Idaho on the right-side menu, then scroll down to the header “Design/Development Projects” and click on Broadway Bridge Replacement Project. Those with questions can send an e-mail to comments@itd.idaho.gov.

Questions? Visit us online at itd.idaho.gov, follow ITD on Twitter (@IdahoITD) or Facebook and check travel conditions at 511.idaho.gov or dial 5-1-1. Please slow down in highway construction zones and pay attention. Safety for drivers and workers is our highest priority.

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