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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Spring Months Usher in New Road Construction Season

Garden City – Warmer, sunnier days lead to road construction season. New projects are getting underway, while several already in progress will continue through the summer months. From restoring a more than 80-year-old Boise bridge to its original color to resurfacing 30 miles of roads with new asphalt, crews will undertake nearly $9 million in new projects this summer.

Capitol Bridge Re-painting
Location: Boise
Estimated construction cost: $220,000
Starts: May 22
Ends: End of October

The four-decade-old bridge is structurally sound but is showing its age with chipping paint. In conjunction with Boise City, the Capitol Boulevard Bridge will be restored to its original color and new light fixtures, similar to those installed when the bridge was first built, will be added. The work will begin Wednesday, May 22. Crews will paint the bridge in two stages, starting with the deck. This fall, when water levels are lower, the underside of the bridge will be painted.

During construction, daytime lane restrictions will be in place on the bridge, which carries four-lanes of northbound traffic.

Overlays (Road Resurfacing)
Location: Boise and Meridian
Estimated construction cost: $1 million (locally funded) $2.7 million (federally funded)
Starts: Underway in some locations
Ends: November
From spring through early fall, some 30 miles of road in Boise and Meridian will receive new asphalt as part of this year’s overlay work – 11 of those miles are in neighborhoods. In locations such as Linder Road, between Ustick and McMillan roads and portions of Federal Way, paving work is already underway.

Beginning in June, the popular bike route of Hill Road between 36th and 13th streets will receive fresh asphalt. The maintenance work involves the removal of existing asphalt and application of new asphalt to prolong the life of the road and provide a smooth travel surface. Work on some overlay locations will happen at night when fewer vehicles are on the road. For a complete list of overlay locations and estimated construction timeframes, visit www.achdidaho.org/projects and select "Overlays (2013)."

36th Street, Chinden Boulevard to the Waterfront District
Location: Garden City
Construction cost: $550,000
Started: May 13
Ends: August 2013

Construction is now underway on a project that will rebuild East 36th Street between Chinden Boulevard and the Waterfront District – a popular river and Greenbelt access point. The project includes fresh asphalt, sidewalks on the east and west sides of the street, "parking pockets," which maintain on-street parking and help to calm traffic speeds. Bike lanes will also be striped along a portion of the new road.

During construction, those accessing the Greenbelt and river area will use East 35th Street, head west on Carr Street and be directed back onto 36th Street as a detour route. Detour signs are in place.

Chipseal Maintenance
Location: Throughout Ada County – between McDermott & Five Mile and Lake Hazel & Ustick
Starts: Early July
Ends: September

ACHD crews will resurface approximately 125 miles of roadway in portions of Ada County, as part of annual chipseal maintenance. When a road is chipsealed, a coating of oil mix and small rocks is applied over the asphalt of a street to protect it from water and weather damage and to keep the roads in good condition.  

Projects Continuing Through Spring and Summer Months

Meridian Split Corridor, Phase 2
Location: Meridian
Construction cost: $8 million
Project began: October 2012

Estimated completion: October 21, 2013 (could finish sooner)
The new five-lane-wide Meridian Road is soon shaping up with new curb, gutter and sidewalk at north end of the project area – and new concrete at the widened intersections of Meridian and Cherry and Main and Fairview. Until this spring, considerable underground work has been done to upgrade city sewer and water services and to re-locate various other utilities.  
Construction is anticipated to wrap up by October 21. However, work could finish sooner because of a contract incentive that awards the contractor money for each day the project is completed sooner.

30th Street Extension (to be called Whitewater Park Boulevard)
Location: Boise
Construction cost: $4.5 million
Project began: January 2013
Estimated completion: Late October 2013

The new five-lane roadway will connect Fairview Avenue to State Street and will include a roundabout, continuous sidewalk and three pedestrian crossing signals. Paving of the new road will begin in June. To access the river and Greenbelt during construction, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians should use Pleasanton Avenue.

Additional Projects
Additional large-scale projects will continue through the summer months, including a road widening project on Franklin Road between Ten Mile and Linder roads and the Pierce Park project between State Street and Hill Road, where sidewalk is being constructed, major upgrades to the storm drain system are being made, and the road will be repaved.

Getting around during construction
To learn more about projects that could impact your commute this spring and summer, visit www.achdidaho.org. Traffic cameras and construction updates can also be found on the ACHD web site.


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