Boise & Garden City

New girders for the Broadway Bridge to be set in place beginning Thursday

Crews have finished demolishing the Broadway Bridge, shown here in early January. Broadway Avenue remains closed from Myrtle Street on the north side of the Boise River to Cesar Chavez Lane on the south side, near University Street. The new bridge is scheduled to open this fall.
Crews have finished demolishing the Broadway Bridge, shown here in early January. Broadway Avenue remains closed from Myrtle Street on the north side of the Boise River to Cesar Chavez Lane on the south side, near University Street. The new bridge is scheduled to open this fall. kjones@idahostatesman.com

Thirty girders that will be used to support the deck of the new Broadway Bridge will be installed through the middle of April.

Some of the girders will be delivered to the north entrance to the work zone along Myrtle Street and others will be taken to the south bank of the Boise River near University Drive.

Flaggers will be stationed on both Myrtle Street and Broadway Avenue to accommodate the semi trailers delivering the oversized loads of steel girders. Intermittent rolling slowdowns will take place on Interstate 84 in East Boise and on the Boise Connector.

Work on the girders will take place during the day. Neighbors can expect to hear noise volumes that are higher than normal, due to the heavy equipment used to move the girders, which are each 422 feet long.

Progress on the construction of the new bridge can be viewed online. An Idaho Transportation Department camera that takes still photos gets updated every 10 minutes day and night.

The previous bridge has been demolished and crews working for Knife River, the general contractor, have finished driving steel piles into the riverbed for the replacement bridge’s foundation.

During spring, crews will begin building new ramps and stairs to connect the bridge with the Boise River Greenbelt.

Additional details on the project can be found on the ITD website.

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