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Construction shuts down Broadway bridge

Posted at 5:08 PM, Jan 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-04 20:14:54-05

The next wave of construction has hit downtown Boise.

Just as construction wraps up on three bridges along I-84 commuters face another critical junction getting a facelift. The Broadway Bridge is now closed as crews replace the sixty-year old structure.

"The Broadway Bridge was built in 1956 and no longer meets today’s standards,” said Jennifer Gonzalez “This new bridge will include three lanes in each direction, full bike lanes and sidewalks as well."

City leaders have spent months planning the bridge replacement. The new design aims to please motorists, cyclists, and green belt pedestrians. Unique features include six belvederes to look out at the river and lighted rails.

While the design becomes reality, both the road and greenbelt are detoured.

"Safety is ITD's highest priority,” said Gonzalez. “We have a detour in place for motorists but we also have detours in place for cyclists and we are really asking people to be cognizant, be aware, and stay out of the construction zone."

Cars will be pushed east to Parkcenter Boulevard, a delay of a few minutes during non-rush hours. There are also detours on the greenbelt north and south of the river.

ValleyRide transit will be modifying their routes to adapt to the construction of the Broadway Bridge as well. Stops along Broadway Avenue at Beacon, University, Park and Front have all been closed at this time.

Broadway, Parkcenter and Harris Ranch routes will also see changed in the coming months and ValleyRide will announce all changes through their website.

Crews plan to finish demolishing the old bridge by the end of the month.