Since 1968, transportation officials have envisioned a north-south roadway connection west of Downtown Boise.
The concept will become a reality Thursday, as the new Whitewater Park Boulevard will open to traffic for the first time. The five-lane road runs parallel to the Boise River along portions of 30th, 31st and Rose street, linking Fairview Avenue with State Street. An event to dedicate the new road begins at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Idaho River Sports parking lot, located at the corner of Whitewater Park Boulevard and Pleasanton Avenue. Ada County Highway District and city of Boise City officials are scheduled to attend.
On-street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood and in city lots behind Idaho River Sports.
Whitewater Park Boulevard features two travel lanes in each direction and a center turn lane. It has bike lanes, sidewalks, center medians north of Pleasanton Avenue and three pedestrian crossing areas with signals. A two-lane roundabout at Stewart Avenue will provide an entrance to the future Esther Simplot Park. Some finishing work, including landscaping is scheduled to wrap up in the coming weeks. Short-term lane restrictions are possible. Civil Survey designed the $4.5 million project, and Alta Construction built it. Both companies are based in Idaho. For more information on the 30th Street Extension project, visit www.achdidaho.org. To view Boise Citys 30th Street Area Master Plan, visit, http://www.cityofboise.org/Departments/PDS/Transportation/30thStreet/page14010.aspx