Garden City – A southeast Boise bridge that was once decades in the making and now carries approximately 4,000 vehicles each day has earned recognition for its Excellence in Transportation.
This week, the Ada County Highway District (ACHD) accepted the Excellence in Transportation award for the design and construction of the East ParkCenter Bridge. The annual awards program is sponsored by the Idaho Transportation Department and recognizes outstanding initiatives in developing, planning, and implementing transportation projects in Idaho. The bridge project won among the Construction and Large Design categories.
ACHD’s East ParkCenter Bridge project was recognized for its complexity, which encompasses multiple structures within the main bridge, including two pedestrian tunnels that run underneath it. In addition, the project was noted for working within the natural environment-- keeping the bridge clearance low, utilizing railing that allows bridge users to view the river and wetlands mitigation work were acknowledged. The project was also celebrated for its early completion, six weeks ahead of schedule.
“This award only further reinforces the great asset this bridge is today and will be into the future for southeast Boise. When people bike, walk or drive over the bridge we hope they see its value for this area of Boise and also recognize the significant planning and design work that went into making it a bridge that we can be proud of,” said ACHD Commissioner Carol McKee.
About the bridge: The East ParkCenter Bridge spans the Boise River, connecting ParkCenter Boulevard to Warm Springs Avenue. The bridge provides a route to East Boise and the Barber Valley and will accommodate growth in east/southeast Boise. The bridge took one and a half years to build and was opened to traffic in fall 2009. Design and construction costs were $21 million.
The East ParkCenter Bridge was designed by CH2M Hill in Boise, which also earned an Excellence in Transportation award for its bridge design.
For more information on the East ParkCenter Bridge, visit www.achdidaho.org/projects, and select “Past Projects.” For additional information on ITD’s Excellence in Transportation awards, visit http://itd.idaho.gov/excellence.award.