Boise & Garden City

Yes, you will still be able to float the full Boise River this summer

Recreationists will have access to the entire stretch of the Boise River between Barber Park and Ann Morrison Park during the summer floating season.

The river is currently closed to any activity around the Broadway Bridge as that bridge is being demolished. However, the contract with general contractor Knife River calls for the company to accommodate summer floaters.

The bridge across the Boise River, built in 1956, is being replaced with a new structure. That project is expected to last through early fall.

The river will be open from mid-June to Labor Day, according to a memo sent from ITD engineer Daris Bruce to Scott Koberg, director of Ada County Parks & Waterways, which oversees floating the river. Floaters will be able to remain in the river while crossing the construction zone at Broadway.

The contractor is allowed to close the river between sundown and 10 a.m., even during the summer, to provide safety for construction-related activities.

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @IDS_Sowell