- Kelsey Hawes
The Idaho Transportation Department and Boise Parks and Recreation Department will begin construction Monday, Nov, 9 on the Garden City side of the Greenbelt—connecting Main Street and Americana Boulevard.
According to a traffic advisory from the Ada County Highway District, Main Street will be reduced to one lane crossing the Boise River between Whitewater Park Boulevard and Garden Street. That closure will last from Monday, Nov. 9 through Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. After that, Main Street will have two lanes open on the same stretch through Tuesday, March 15, 2016.
Fairview Avenue from Whitewater Park Boulevard to Garden Street, crossing over the Boise River, will be reduced to two lanes starting on Wednesday, Nov. 11 until Friday, July 1, 2016.
The project to fill in three-quarters of a mile has been in the works for the past 15 years and finally gained approval from the Boise City Council in the summer of 2014. It's projected to cost $2.35 million, mostly from federal and local grants. The expansion will include two new underpasses at the Main Street and Fairview Avenue bridges, along with a pedestrian bridge over the Settlers Irrigation Canal.
The city of Boise estimates the project will be completed in September 2016.