Broadway bridge project on track to reopen early September, before first BSU home game

Posted at 11:05 AM, Aug 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-29 19:59:10-04

Good news for all Boise State Bronco fans planning to tailgate and hit the stands for BSU's first home game of the season: The Idaho Transportation Department says they're on track to reopen the Broadway bridge before game day.

Anyone who frequents downtown Boise has likely grown accustom to completely avoiding the Broadway/Front Street area, or cushioning their travel time with a few extra minutes, expecting to get stuck in traffic and take at least one detour.

ITD leaders say soon that won't be the case.

"We are on schedule for an early September completion," Jennifer Gonzalez with the Idaho Transportation Department said. "Details on exact date of opening are still being worked on at this time, but we've always been committed to early September."

The driving force behind the September deadline coincides with the Broncos first home game of the season on September 10.

Gonzalez says the project began in early January, and crews hit major milestones along the way racing against irrigation levels for the Boise River below, and avoiding construction during the core holiday season and football game days.

Crews shut down Broadway during the last weekend of August for paving, and Gonzalez says now they're on the home stretch.

The final phases of construction will include installing railings, lighting configurations, and completing the section of the Greenbelt that passes under the bridge on either side of the river.

ITD plans to release details on a reopening date in the next few days.