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After several years of planning, construction is underway on the redesigned Bannock Street corridor that runs through the heart of St. Luke's Boise Medical Center. The work will transform the Bannock corridor into a dynamic shared space. Construction on a one-block stretch from Avenue A to 1st Street is expected to begin at the end of March and last through the end of summer.

The public process resulting in approval of St. Luke's Boise Master Plan included specifications for the redesign of the Bannock corridor. Developed through community workshops and the guidance of leading national experts from Toole Design Group, the resulting design is a shared Bannock corridor that will be able to accommodate multiple modes of travel, including pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles. Shared streets are used around the world to provide inviting, comfortable outdoor spaces for people to walk and congregate, while at the same time allowing low-speed local bicycle and motor vehicle access.

While the new design accommodates all modes of transportation, it will also continue to reflect the needs of the St. Luke's community and provide safe, inviting spaces for employees, patients, and families who use this area as respite. The travel way will be aligned further north, which creates more open space and landscaped areas on the south side. Patients and families can seek privacy and solitude in more protected spaces, and the community is welcome to enjoy the area from one of the many benches.

After construction of the redesigned Bannock corridor is complete, St. Luke's and the City of Boise will work together with Toole Design Group and the community to test and evaluate the performance of the corridor later this year.

A test period is particularly important as city planners evaluate safety, usage, bicycle speeds, potential conflict zones, and nearby traffic patterns with the new roundabout, cycle track, and improved intersections around the hospital. Following the test period and evaluation, Boise City Council will make the final decision on what modes of transportation are appropriate for the corridor.

Features

  • Location: Between Avenue B and 1st Street
  • Shared space friendly to multiple modes of travel: pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles
  • 18-foot-wide two-way travel lane
  • Removable bollards
  • Public benches and seating
  • Memorial Labyrinth

Timeline / Important Dates:

  • Construction Begins = April 2019
  • Construction Complete = July 2019
  • Testing Period = To be determined

Make a Donation to Support the Bannock Street Corridor

You Can Make a Difference

St. Luke's values every donation made and placed in the Bannock Street corridor. The design team took elaborate steps to inventory and document each donor brick, bench, plaque, light post, fountain, and other special features. The donated items will be safely preserved and stored until the new space is ready for them. You can be a part of this special new corridor through a meaningful gift.