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Eroded, Dangerous Stretch of Boise Greenbelt Closed For Repairs

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DREW DODSON
  • Drew Dodson
Following years of weathering, erosion and recreational use, a section of the Greenbelt in east Boise will soon receive a facelift following flooding and erosion this spring. Ada County officials say a treacherous 1.65-mile stretch of the pathway will close for the next eight months as it undergoes a major overhaul.

“The ultimate goal is to create a wider, smoother, safer Greenbelt pathway connection,” said Ada County Parks & Waterways Director Scott Koberg.

In its current state, potholes, crumbling asphalt and increasingly narrow paths have turned the riverside stroll into a hazard-ridden obstacle course flanked by an open ditch canal and dangerously steep ledges. The project, slated to begin Wednesday, Oct. 25, will convert the Penitentiary Canal into an underground irrigation pipeline and expand the existing 6-foot-wide path to 11 feet with recovery shoulders.

“We’re limited a bit by the topography with the way the hill slopes down into the floodplain and forms up to the road,” said Koberg. “Piping the canal allows us the width we need to widen the pathway surface.”

The stretch of the Greenbelt will remain closed from Shakespeare Way to the Diversion Dam until crews complete the project in June. All cyclists and pedestrians will be directed to turn around at the barricades, as no detour routes will be posted.

“It’s not something we like to do, but in this case we have to, simply from a public safety standpoint,” said Koberg. “Patience is truly a virtue for this particular project.”

DREW DODSON
  • Drew Dodson

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