Warm weather means event season is really heating up. I’ve added a bunch of events to the VPNA calendar. In our hood there are bike rides, food festivals, roadway open houses, mobile recreation times, VPNA board meetings, and the VPNA movie night! What did I miss? Please email us at let us know of other events in and around the VPNA and I will add them to the calendar.
Parts of the greenbelt, including the Pleasanton Ave extension and northward along the east side of the Boise River, will be closed starting January 12. The closure is expected to last until the completion of Esther Simplot Park in Fall 2015. See this map for the location as well as detours.
The Boise City Hall plaza is going to be remodeled. The City will host a second open house for the public to view conceptual designs. Submit comments either in person or online.
Date: Thursday, October 2
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: City Hall (150 N. Capitol Blvd)
Also, the Idaho Transportation Department will host an open house today(!) for the public to comment on preliminary design and construction plans for the replacement of the Broadway Bridge. More information, updates, and online commentary can be found here.
Date: Wednesday, October 1
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Washington Group Plaza (720 Park Blvd)
There will be an open house about the State and Collister intersection this Monday, August 18 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the ACHD (3775 Adams St, Garden City). This intersection is near the edge of the VPNA boundary. The open house is your opportunity to have your say regarding future changes to the intersection. For more details, see the ACHD’s State Street and Collister Drive Intersection Project Page.
As you may know, the recent addition of the 30th street extension (Whitewater Park blvd) will be followed by changes to 27th street. It will likely have a lower traffic volume and improved pedestrian crossings. The update below comes from Al Busche, project director at ACHD, and says that the work should begin in late August and go through October.
The bids for the 27th Street, Fairview to State Street project were opened on July 9th, 2014. The ACHD Commission has been asked to award the bid at the July 23rd Commission meeting. Once awarded, the ACHD Construction Department will be working with the successful low bid contractor to obtain the necessary insurance and bonding documents, project construction schedule, shop drawings, mix design submittals, and apply for the required “Notice of Intent” document from the EPA (then wait for the required 10 day period). This puts the “Notice to Proceed” for the start of construction on August 25th, 2014. Substantial Completion is scheduled by contract for October 20th, 2014.
To learn more about the project, see a map of improvements, and give feedback visit the 27th Street project page on the ACHD web site!
Please join us at Idaho River Sports to celebrate the completion of Whitewater Park Boulevard. The new roadway connects State Street and Fairview Avenue and features a two-lane roundabout at Stewart Avenue, the entrance of the future Esther Simplot Park, three pedestrian crossing signals, sidewalks and bike lanes.
Boise Mayor David Bieter and ACHD Commission President Sara Baker will speak about the project and future plans for the Whitewater Park Boulevard area.
• Thursday, Oct. 24th at 10 a.m.
• Location: Idaho River Sports parking lot | 3100 W. Pleasanton Ave.
• Parking: Available in city lots behind Idaho River Sports