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Massive Crane Being Installed for Boise City Center Plaza

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A 450-ton steel and concrete base for the crane has already been affixed in the northwest quadarant of the City Center Plaza construction site. - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • A 450-ton steel and concrete base for the crane has already been affixed in the northwest quadarant of the City Center Plaza construction site.
Patient motorists, cyclists and pedestrians know that it has been challenging to wind around construction zones in Downtown Boise, even on a good day. But the next week should be a bit more daunting as a stretch of Main Street is shut down this week after 10 a.m. each day.

The Gardner Company, developers of the massive City Center Plaza project, are erecting a 310-foot  tower crane at the high-profile construction site and they'll need a bit more room to do that. The tower crane will be tall enough to stretch above the U.S. Bank Building, one of the tallest structures in the state. The crane's 450-ton foundation has already been installed in the northwest quadrant of the site.

Officials with The Gardner Company say they expect the crane installation to take a week, and as a result, they'll be shutting down Main Street between Ninth Street and Capitol Boulevard after 10 a.m. due to space and safety constraints. Crews will work through the night to minimize traffic disruption. And they'll reopen the lanes for a short window of time each morning for commuters and delivery trucks to get through the corridor.

 “The great thing about building in the heart of downtown is that the community can watch the project take shape with us day by day," said Gardner COO Tommy Ahlquist. "The challenging part is that we sometimes have to interrupt normal routines to get the work done safely. We really appreciate how supportive the community has been thus far.”