Boise Parks and Recreation
After two months of cyclists taking high-traffic detours to avoid the Greenbelt closure starting from Riverside Park by the fire fighter training facility to Fairview Avenue—the pathway has reopened. The construction improvement project included widening and repaving a previously bumpy stretch as well as merging the pathways at the trestle bridge to improve line of sight.
Back at the end of the summer, before the project began, communication director for the Boise Parks and Recreation Department Amy Stahl
, told Boise Weekly
that creating a suitable detour while the construction was underway was a challenge.
"We were struggling to find detours and alternate routes that are safe," she said. "We're lacking some sidewalks and that creates a problem."
The detour took riders onto 27th Street—a less-than-comfortable ride in the mist of major construction on the roadway to reduce the street to two lanes and build bike lanes.
But starting Nov. 4, riders can enjoy the 12-foot-wide concrete pathway replacing much of the original asphalt Greenbelt.
The improvements were estimated to cost $187,870 with a contract awarded to Eagle-based building company Wright Brothers—the same firm that built the Albertsons (former Bronco) Stadium expansion. According to a Boise Parks and Recreation news release, the cost came to $222,000. The city of Boise foot the bill.