ITD Public Involvement Coordinator
Second public workshop will be Thursday for Broadway Bridge replacement project
BOISE – The Idaho Transportation Department is holding the second of three public workshops on Thursday (May 2) for the upcoming project to replace the Broadway Bridge by Boise State University (BSU).
The design workshop is from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Boise at the Washington Group Plaza (720 Park Blvd.) in the Central Plaza Training Room.
The first workshop of this series – held in late February – allowed the transportation department to gather input on the bridge structure and roadway. The workshop on Thursday will allow community members to offer comment on design elements such as railing, lighting and public art. A third workshop, also open to the public, will be held in May or early June.
The transportation department will use comments gathered from the three workshops to develop a range of design options. Those options will be presented to the larger community at a public open house this summer.
“The transportation department is committed to involving the community in the design of this important project,” said Mark Campbell, project manager for the bridge replacement. “The design workshops give ITD an opportunity to work hand-in-hand with businesses, residents, bicycle and pedestrian groups, the city of Boise and BSU.”
The transportation department announced its intent to rebuild the Broadway Bridge in mid-2012. After routine inspections, it was determined that 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, pedestrian and bicyclists that travel over it each day, particularly during events at BSU. Approximately 24,500 cars travel across the bridge each day, and pedestrian and bicyclist use continues to grow.
For more information, please visit www.itd.idaho.gov and click on Projects at the top of the screen. On the Projects page, please click on Southwest Idaho on the upper left side of the page, then scroll down to the Design/Development Projects headline. Then click on Broadway Bridge Replacement Project.
Highway construction is one of the key forces pushing Idaho toward continued economic vitality by creating jobs, improving safety and reducing traffic congestion.