Greenbelt addition wins Engineering Excellence Award
A project that added a new section to the Boise River Greenbelt recently received an Engineering Excellence award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Idaho. ITD collaborated with Keller Associates, Boise City, COMPASS and Ada County Highway District on the $3.7 million project.
The project added approximately a mile of new Greenbelt pathway along the south side of the Boise River from Garden City to Ann Morrison Park. The Greenbelt is now a 26-mile pathway spanning the entire city on both sides of the Boise River.
The new segment also includes two tunnels running underneath Main Street and Fairview Avenue, hundreds of feet of concrete retaining walls, a bridge across Settlers Canal, lighting, environmental permitting, floodplain permitting, and utility relocations. Temporary construction and permanent easements were also acquired, according to the project submittal by Keller.
The award will be presented April 10 at the ACEC of Idaho awards luncheon in Boise.
"I thoroughly enjoyed being part of this project and seeing it come to fruition, completing a vision that began five decades ago," said ITD District 3 Local Roads Services Manager Aaron Bauges. "Knowing the great many challenges this project overcame and the tremendous impact completing Boise's iconic Greenbelt will have for all of its users really does make this something to be proud of."
Here's a link to the Idaho Statesman's "Take a Ride on the Boise Greenbelt" video shot in late August 2016: http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/community/boise/article97587332.html