Road-construction crews have made significant progress on the major transportation and utility improvements taking place around St. Luke's hospital in downtown Boise.
Aging water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer pipes serving the hospital and surrounding neighborhoods have been replaced, and much of the road work is fairly far along.
The transportation projects are being done in partnership with ACHD and the City of Boise.
Here are the latest developments:
The above closures, which will last several weeks, will allow crews to make progress on the cycle track and do work for other projects, including electrical boring for the new Idaho Elks Children’s Pavilion.
St. Luke’s Health System, in conjunction with ACHD and the City of Boise, started road construction in July around St. Luke's downtown Boise hospital. This work is in preparation for the development project that will modernize the Boise hospital in order to improve access and care, while providing improved transportation flow.
The first phase of work centered on improvements to public roads and infrastructure in a 12-block area around the hospital. The goal is to better link the area with Boise’s downtown urban core.
Major aspects of this phase include:
During this work, road construction crews will be concentrated:
Map showing the detail area/scope of the project
Drivers are also encouraged to reduce speeds in the hospital area because of the activity. Construction crews urge travelers to please be attentive while driving through the project area as conditions change regularly. Drivers are reminded that they present an additional hazard to work crews.
They’re urged to do their part to create a safe work environment to the men and women working to improve area roads. Travelers are also encouraged to add a few extra minutes to their commutes or find alternative and detour routes to avoid delays.
Improvements along the perimeter of the campus include constructing the cycle track, curbs, gutters and sidewalks.
While the work is going on, no parking will be allowed on Idaho Street in the hospital corridor.
Hospital visitors, patients, physicians and staff that use the South Tower parking garage should add a few extra minutes to their trip because of construction delays.
For patients receiving care at MSTI, please note a drop-off area will remain accessible throughout construction. If other instructions are necessary, signs will be posted to help guide drivers.
Patients visiting the Anderson Plaza building on 2nd Street should be aware that the main front entrance may be impacted by construction of the cycle track.
Due to the sidewalk and cycle track improvements and as considered at public hearings, trees in this area were removed. St. Luke’s is contractually obligated to replace removed trees using the city forester’s valuation and ACHD right-of-way rules. The tree removal is the result of three specific transportation projects the City of Boise, ACHD and the community requested of St. Luke’s:
St. Luke’s is working closely with the city forester to plant 90 new trees in the cycle track median, in exchange for the 64 removed. St. Luke’s will ensure sensitive and appropriate choices are made for the restoration of the tree canopy throughout this portion of the plan. St. Luke’s intends to plant trees that are more valuable than required under city code and has agreed to incur this expense, even though the work requiring the majority of removals is directed by the three-party agreement.
Proposed rendering of the cycle track and median showing the replacement trees six to eight years after planting.
Road work in this area will last at least through early next year, depending on the weather. Because of the fluid nature of this type of project, timelines will be adjusted. When changes impact drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, patients, staff and the neighborhoods, St. Luke’s will communicate the information in a timely manner.
Proposed Rendering of the new downtown Boise St. campus.
The work is part of St. Luke’s Master Plan for its Boise campus and is the result of years of extensive study, planning and collaboration with key stakeholders, including the City of Boise, the Ada County Highway District and area residents. The thorough process included dozens of workshops, open houses and neighborhood association meetings, which helped to shape and evolve the plan through thoughtful input.
This is not a “single project,” but a multi-phased plan that will occur in stages over the years to come. At its core is our commitment to create an environment in which we can provide the best possible care for patients and families, in an environment geared toward safety, healing and comfort, explained Dave McFadyen, St. Luke's Boise administrator.
“We are happy this is finally moving forward because this development allows us to better meet the needs of our patients by providing modern, advanced care in a more user-friendly setting,” said McFadyen. “While this development does add capacity, it's less about growth and more about re-configuring our campus. It will be easier to navigate and find your doctor. There’s more room to care for our growing, aging community struggling with more complex chronic health problems. Our physicians will be right there ready to help in an emergency rather than a few blocks away, and our facility will be upgraded in a way that it flows better, saving precious minutes in emergencies, when time truly matters.”
Together, the project will be one of the largest investments ever made in Boise and Idaho. It will bring new jobs to the region while building on Boise’s growing reputation as one of the most livable cities in the country with the high-quality health care that is a critical component of quality of life. The project will be financed through bonds, cash on hand and community philanthropy. This major development project is estimated to bring as much as $1.2 billion of rollover economic benefit and job growth to the community.
Rendering of the new St. Luke's Boise Hospital entrance at 1st and Fort Streets.
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