Thursday, May 09, 2013
Garden City– This morning Ada County Highway District (ACHD) and Garden City officials broke ground on a project to rebuild East 36th Street between Chinden Boulevard and the Waterfront District.
ACHD and Garden City Officials Kick Off Project to Rebuild 36th Street
The project has remained a top priority for Garden City – East 36th Street is in the heart of the city’s Live-Work-Create District, an area planned for mixed use where local business owners have the opportunity to work and live in the same location.
The project will rebuild East 36th Street with new asphalt between Chinden Boulevard and the Waterfront District, a residential area and popular access to the Whitewater Park and Greenbelt. The project will also construct new sidewalks on the east and west sides of the street, and create "parking pockets," which maintain on-street parking and help to calm traffic speeds. In addition, Garden City will install tree wells, landscaping and decorative lighting.
"The project will provide an attractive gateway to Garden City, the Greenbelt and area parks. It moves us a significant step toward realizing the city’s vision for this riverfront area – a vibrant place where creative folks will be able to thrive," said ACHD Commission President Sara Baker.
In advance of the road project, the city completed a sewer upgrade project on East 36th Street between Chinden and the Waterfront District.
During construction, East 36th Street will be closed between Chinden Boulevard and Carr Street. Those accessing the Greenbelt and Whitewater Park will use East 35th Street, head west on Carr Street and be directed back onto 36th Street as a detour route. Detour signs will be in place.
Construction on the $550,000 project will get underway on Tuesday, May 14 with completion planned for August. The project is being constructed by Tuffy Excavation of Boise.
The 36th Street Project comes from a larger-scale transportation plan developed by Garden City and ACHD with input from the public. The Garden City Master Street Plan will help guide future developments, roadway, streetscape and utility improvements in Garden City.
For more on the Garden City Master Street Plan and the 36th Street project, visit www.achdidaho.org/projects.