Several years ago a neighborhood request was made to add curb, gutter, and sidewalk to Heron Street. Although some sections of the street had these features, the streetscape was not consistent and most of Heron has never had a sidewalk.
This project is included in the Residential Street Program (formerly the Neighborhood Enhancement Program). To be eligible for design and construction monies in this program, owners fronting a proposed project offer to give up property at no cost to the public, if necessary, to complete the improvements.
Civil Survey Consultants, Inc completed the project design over a year ago for the Highway District for $26,730. The design does not include improvements to the north side of the street, which may be addressed by future work of the Boise City Parks Department for Camels Back Park. Construction funding was identified in the 2004 Residential Street Program. Tetra Tech Construction Services won the contract to build the improvements with a low bid of $180,789.60. The Highway District gave a "Notice to Proceed" with the project to the contractor on March 29, 2004.
Impact on your Commute
Plans include rebuilding the roadway and adding curb, gutter and a 6-foot sidewalk along the south side of Heron Street. It includes installation of some pavement, curb, gutter, and sidewalk to 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Streets to match the improvements on Heron. A new storm sewer pipe will also be installed as part of the project that will extend down 12th Street between Heron and Ridenbaugh.
As part of the project, utility companies have requested to replace some existing water lines on 10th Street, 12th Street, and Heron Street. A Boise City Flood Warning Siren will also be relocated during the project.
As with any project of this type, inconvenience and delays can be expected. Of particular concern on this project is in accessing portions of Camels Back Park.