Project to replace Broadway Bridge starts this week
The Idaho Transportation Department will begin meeting with businesses and organizations this week on plans to replace the 55-year-old Broadway Bridge that spans the Boise River.
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 builg in 1891 but was replaced by the current bridge in 1956. Safety requirements have improved significantly since the current bridge was built and inspections have found cracks and signs of wear.
“Safety and public involvement are our two top priorities during this project,” said Wade Christiansen, 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. ITD expects the finished bridge to have a 75-year design life. Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2014