Boise's interest in the $12,500 purchase started when city representatives found out Ada County Highway District, which controls public roads in Boise and the rest of the county, plans to upgrade McMillan Road, Boise Parks and Recreation director Doug Holloway said Friday. The highway district's original plans for the McMillan project included an asphalt pathway along the north side of the road, or between McMillan and Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve.
When busy roadways are involved, Holloway said, the city prefers to put concrete pathways that are separated from the roads, usually by landscaped strips. That's exactly what Boise's planning now: a 10-foot concrete path between McMillan and the park that serves both as a recreational walkway and a connection for foot traffic.
The highway district will build the pathway, Holloway said, but Boise has to come up with additional money to make it out of concrete, which costs almost 50 percent more than asphalt.
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Construction of the path would coincide with the highway district's McMillan project, which is scheduled for 2020, Holloway said. It would be the last piece of a series of improvements planned for Hyatt's south side.
The city plans to break ground early next year on a parking area and restroom on the same side, Holloway said. The city expects those upgrades, similar to the parking area and restrooms on the wetlands park's north side, to cost $240,000.
Holloway said the city hopes to close on the purchase of the 2.5 acres by the end of this month.