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Sawtooth Jul 29, 2020 9:50 PM

Goodbye Wooden Planks ~ The 8th Street Bridge/Downtown
Here is a bit of transportation/bike and pedestrian commuter news.

This bridge was part of Boise's historic streetcar/trolley route in the early 1900's. I am trying to find photos online of a streetcar on the bridge, but so far no luck.


8th Street Pedestrian Bridge Project

Crews will be replacing the wood planking on the bridge with concrete to increase accessibility.

The bridge will be closed throughout the duration of the replacement project.

A detour will be put in place for pedestrians and cyclists.

The project started July 7 and will take 3 months to complete.

Boisebro Jul 30, 2020 5:51 PM

aren't they also installing LED lighting to the bridge, or was that already done?

Sawtooth Jul 31, 2020 8:19 PM


Originally Posted by Boisebro (Post 8996624)
aren't they also installing LED lighting to the bridge, or was that already done?

That has been completed.

Sawtooth Aug 15, 2020 11:09 PM

This is going to be fantastic. The first two renderings at the link show what the improvements will look like compared to the final two which are what the blocks currently look like, ;)before the current sidewalk and trees were removed from 8th next to The Hoff. The missing trees and torn out sidewalk adjacent to The Hoff looks apocalyptic.


Streetscape improvements include:

-New street trees will be added along Bannock and 8th to add atmosphere and expand the urban tree canopy network.
-The sidewalk from Bannock to Jefferson will be expanded to accommodate future patio uses and extend the pedestrian network.
-Protected bike lanes will be added, extending the aesthetic and ease of access to local businesses for cyclists.
-A dedicated southbound bike lane and northbound shared lane will be added to 8th. These facilities complete the bicycle corridor from the Boise River to the North End.

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Saint Michael's
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Eighth Street
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The Hoff Building aka Hotel Boise
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Eighth Street
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Where is Batman when you need him
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Jefferson Street
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Cottonwood Aug 28, 2020 2:35 PM

Another block of 8th Street will be closed to traffic for outdoor dining. Considering that 8th Street is a narrow one lane street, maybe the city will keep it closed to traffic permanently.
8th Street between Main and Bannock to close for more outdoor dining opportunities


Businesses interested in expanding their outdoor eating options have four concepts to consider:

• Longitudinal Expansion: expand patio seating laterally along a building.
•Parklet Expansion: expand patio seating in parking spaces.
•Sidewalk Expansion: Same model as 8th Street, where existing patio seating is extended to the sidewalk
•Partial Street Closure: Close a street fully to allow for patios to expand and reroute sidewalks and bike lanes

Cottonwood Oct 8, 2020 7:14 PM

This thread is a good fit for this news:

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Sawtooth Oct 13, 2020 12:23 AM

I miss the wood and I know I am not the only one.
But, this concrete surface is much more user friendly for our fellow Boiseans who get around in wheelchairs. The old wood surface was bumpy and uneven.

Maybe Parks and Rec and Boise Arts and History can team up for some post installation bling?

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Spotted in the woods below the bridge.
Watch out for vampires along the Greenbelt.
They will glamour you and coax you into that perfect spot.

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You must dress like this to cross the bridge.

Bridge couture
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Cottonwood Nov 4, 2020 3:21 PM

Boise Airport moves forward with parking expansion By RYAN SUPPE

A five-story passenger garage with more than 1,000 parking spaces — to be constructed on a surface parking lot — is currently in design phase. The design should be complete within six months, Hupp said, at which time the airport will reevaluate construction timelines based upon demand.

Cottonwood Dec 10, 2020 3:22 PM

Idaho gets $1 million in federal funds for 'highway innovation'

Idaho's share of the money will be put towards "two-dimensional hydraulic modeling" and other hydraulic tools for 18 projects planned across the state.
Credit: KTVB
An aerial view of Interstate 84 in Boise.

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