Our Towns

Update on construction of Garden City’s West Bridge

Those with good memories may recall Garden City officials saying the new West Bridge would be constructed by the summer of 2013. The completion date then got pushed back to December — but that’s apparently not happening either.

“The bridge won’t be done in December. We are making good headway but the timeline is a bit fluid because of the federal process we need to adhere to,” Mayor John Evans said.

The bridge is of great interest to bicyclists and pedestrians who want to travel between Boise and Eagle. It will connect an existing stretch of the Eagle Greenbelt on the river’s north side to a path on the river’s south side between Eagle Road and Glenwood.

Garden City received a $727,760 Federal Highway Administration grant to design and construct the bridge. The city invited the public in for an update in September, and they posted information about progress on the bridge on the city Web site.

“We have had many people call and inquire if anything is really happening with the West Bridge,” the city update says. “We know that it doesn’t look like much is going on right now, but from an engineering perspective, the West Bridge is right on track.”

The update indicated the bridge was still in the design phase. “We are hoping to start construction in the winter,” Evans told the Statesman.

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