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Broadway Avenue Restriction Just a Hint of What's to Come in 2016


  • Idaho Transportation Department
  • Broadway Bridge

Boise motorists are being warned today of lane restrictions on Broadway Avenue.

It's only a taste of what's to come as the Idaho Transportation Department prepares to shut down the Broadway Avenue bridge from January 2016 through next fall. Crews will replace the 50-year-old structure, which sees about 24,500 cars pass over it each day.

The $20.2 million project will see the old bridge replaced by a six-lane span with new bike lanes, better access to the Greenbelt and 10-foot-wide sidewalks. ITD will host an open house Wednesday, Dec. 2, 4-7 p.m. at the Washington Group Plaza to discuss suggested detours. For instance, motorists will use the ParkCenter Bridge while pedestrians will be detoured to the Friendship Bridge in Julia Davis Park (or the ParkCenter Bridge). Officials say construction crews will be working 24/7 and warn some work will be noisy.

In the meantime, ITD needs to move some of its major equipment in preparation for the bridge replacement project, so Broadway will be restricted to one lane today between University Drive and Belmont Street. ITD officials say they should be done moving the equipment in time to reopen the lane by the afternoon rush hour.

In early January, when ITD begins shutting down lanes of Broadway at the bridge, motorists should be prepared to spend more time behind the wheel.