Construction is scheduled to start in November on a bridge that will connect Warm Springs Avenue to Marianne Williams Park on the south side of Harris Ranch, Boise Parks and Recreation director Doug Holloway said.
Today, the only two ways into the park, which opened in 2013, are via the East ParkCenter Boulevard Bridge on the park’s west side and the Boise River Greenbelt from the east.
The bridge will cross an irrigation ditch and connect to Warm Springs near Wise Way. It will accommodate car, bicycle and foot traffic, Holloway said. Its total anticipated cost is a little over $1.46 million. Brighton Corp., which developed the park and has built many of the homes in Harris Ranch, is covering half of that cost. The city is covering the remainder, Holloway said.
The city of Boise is also paying $126,000 to build a sign at the park’s new entrance. It will be a large sandstone sign with the park’s name on it, Holloway said. The city is also paying construction management and other fees, Holloway said, bringing its total expense for the project to $909,000.
The bridge’s completion is scheduled for summer 2018.