In mail boxes across our neighborhood is the latest information from the Idaho Transportation Department announcing an open house on Wednesday December 2, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. concerning the replacement of Broadway Bridge.
If you have not engaged in this topic you can attend the meeting to learn more about bridge design plans and the upcoming construction schedule.
Quite simply, this bridge replacement will have to rank as among one of the most disruptive public works projects in Idaho history. The traffic count data on the ACHD website shows 29,000 cars on a daily basis. Yep, put Broadway Bridge replacement right up there with rebuilding the Boise Airport, construction of Dworshak Dam, one of those interchange projects like at Meridian Road and I-84, or building and then rehabbing the Kibbie Dome.
With Broadway Bridge it’s a complete replacement and no traffic for the months of construction – reportedly this will be a 24/7 project. But it will be worth it. When done we’ll have a new bridge three lanes in each direction and a very significant increase in width for the pedestrian use and bicycle lanes that is so needed.
It bears mentioning the ITD postcard carries five words of wisdom for 2016: leave early, know your route.
We will dig in to the traffic numbers some more and provide some additional information. And we will share the considerable thought that has gone in to the temporary rerouting of the Greenbelt pathway so walkers and bicyclists can see what the reality will be for much of 2016. Meanwhile, you can get more information at the ITD website on the Broadway Bridge replacement.
The Ada County Highway District (ACHD) is currently developing alternatives for the Broadway/Warm Springs/Avenue B intersection. At this point in the planning process, the planning parties have requested input and advice “from those who walk, bike and drive the intersection.”
Our goal is to “maintain the character of the East End by recognizing its unique amenities and natural features, encouraging appropriate infill development, and encouraging growth in adjacent areas without negatively impacting the existing neighborhood.”
Located within the East End Neighborhood, the intersection is the major entry point to the neighborhood, and is used by a majority of East End residents multiple times per day by foot, bike and motor vehicle. The East End Neighborhood Association Board (EENA) has met and conferred on the matter and recommends the following:
- The entry point onto Warm Springs Ave is the main entry into the East End. EENA believes that any revision to the intersection should result in a product that will clearly reflect the division between a busy throughway and a residential neighborhood. Likewise, the size of the intersection should be reduced or strictly limited to ensure that the esthetics of entering one of Boise’s oldest historic residential neighborhood are not lost.
- EENA believes that improved safety is a paramount goal of revising the intersection. While improved safety is important for all modes of transportation, the safety of pedestrians, cyclists, and children in particular should be a priority in the planning process.
- EENA believes that the current configuration of Broadway, aligning directly with Ave B, is poorly designed. EENA strongly recommends the any revision include a shift in the alignment of Broadway to the west, closer to its original alignment. Broadway should connect more directly to Downtown by having it connect through Idaho and Main to 1st and 2nd. This revision would allow Ave B to revert back to a collector street, with the added benefit of reducing the size of the intersection altogether. This change would further reduce conflicts at the odd confluence of Fort, Jefferson, Krall and Reserve Streets, and make entry into St. Luke’s safer.
The Ada County Highway District (ACHD) and the City of Boise are developing alternatives for the Broadway/ Warm Springs/ Avenue B intersection. The work will result in a concept design with recommended improvements to enhance the operation of the intersection for all users.
To begin this process, the agencies would like to learn from those who walk, bike and drive the intersection. Please consider attending an October 29 community open house to learn about the project, tell the government agencies how you think the intersection is working today, and discuss possible improvements.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
4 to 7:30 p.m.
Boise Senior Center | 690 N. Robbins Road, Boise
Discussion groups will begin at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
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