Friday, June 14, 2013
Boise- Summer weather is here – and it has people seeking refuge in Boise’s river and waterways. However, a project to build the new Whitewater Park Boulevard may have some wondering how to access the popular summer recreation area amidst construction.
Whitewater Park Boulevard road construction to continue through summer months; access to river and recreation open at Pleasanton
Neighborhood streets typically used to get to the river and greenbelt in Boise’s North End are closed for access as part of the Whitewater Park Boulevard road project. However, outdoor enthusiasts can still get to the area at Pleasanton Avenue.
How to get there and where to park
Motorists are encouraged to take 27th Street to Pleasanton Avenue to get to the Boise River, greenbelt, Idaho River Sports, and ponds. At the new Whitewater Park Boulevard, motorists will take a slight "jog" around the new center median which separates the four new travel lanes. The short detour will be in place until the project is complete this fall.
Motorists will share the Pleasanton access point with pedestrians and bicyclists to get to the Greenbelt and waterways this summer. "We remind all users that while asphalt is down on much of the new road, it remains closed with the exception of the Pleasanton crossing. All users need to be aware and cautious when using this crossing point. This area is still a very active construction zone with large equipment and trucks moving through the area," said Dyan Bevins, ACHD Project Manager.
Vehicles may park in the two Boise City gravel lots behind Idaho River Sports. Please see the enclosed map which illustrates available accesses and parking.
New asphalt has been placed along much of the new Whitewater Park Boulevard; however the road remains closed to traffic, pedestrians and bicyclists between Rose Street and Main Street as roadwork continues through the fall. Boise Police will continue monitoring the construction zone.
The area continues to be an active construction site and crews can be found working on weekends.
Earlier this week, the section of Whitewater Park Boulevard between Fairview Avenue and Main Street was completed and re-opened to traffic. It includes two lanes in each direction and a new traffic signal at Whitewater Park (30th) and Fairview.
About the project
The project is creating a new north-south connection between Fairview Avenue and State Street. The new road includes two lanes in each direction and turn lanes. A multi-lane roundabout was constructed at Whitewater Park Boulevard and Stewart Avenue and will serve as the entrance to the future Esther Simplot Park. Other project features include bike lanes, sidewalks, center medians north of Pleasanton Avenue, and three pedestrian crossing signals. The project also includes upgrades to city sewer services.
The $4.5 million roadway project began in January and is anticipated to be complete in October.
For more information on the Whitewater Park Boulevard (formerly the 30th Street Extension) project, visit www.achdidaho.org.