Road-construction crews have made significant progress on the major transportation and utility improvements around St. Luke's Medical Center in downtown Boise.
Aging water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer pipes serving the hospital and surrounding neighborhoods have been replaced, and road improvements and other projects are continuing.
The transportation projects are being done in partnership with ACHD and the City of Boise.
It's going to be a busy summer around the Boise hospital. The City of Boise, the Ada County Highway District and St. Luke's are working on many projects in the downtown area. It's wise to add extra minutes to your commute to account for the additional traffic and road delays.
Here's what you should know about some of the work happening around St. Luke's downtown Boise hospital.
Bishop Foote Guest House Move: Crews were able to finish placing the historic home onto its new lot at Avenue B and Bannock Street on Sunday, May 19.
On Saturday morning, May 18, the house traveled east on Jefferson to Avenue B, turned and made its way under the St. Luke's new skybridge to its new home.
The house was relocated as part of the Boise hospital's development plan. It was initially moved east on Jefferson from its original lot, May 4, but progress stopped due to equipment malfunctions.
The Guest House opened in April 1973 to provide convenient, economical lodging for patients of the Mountain States Tumor Institute and their adult family members. Over the years it few to welcome guests who were under direct medical care at St. Luke's cancer center, St. Luke's Boise Medical Center, St. Luke's
Boise Veterans Administration Medical Center, St. Luke's (Elks) Rehab Hospital and other medical facilities, and their caretakers or companions.
Though the Bishop Foote Guest House has moved, St. Luke's will continue to offer patient and care-giving housing at the Heritage House.
After several years of planning, construction is kicking into high gear on the redesign of the 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.
2nd and Jefferson: Idaho Power is expected to be working in the area, and the intersection of 2nd and Jefferson is scheduled to be closed starting Thursday, May 23, through Saturday, May 25. (This is an updated date.)
Workers are installing new vaults and boring a new power line.
Avenue C, Jefferson Street: One block of East Jefferson Street will be closed to complete the first phase of road improvements that were started last summer.
Jefferson is being widened to allow for the addition of a bike lane in both directions. The island near the intersection of Jefferson and Avenue C that was removed will be reinstalled. Work should be complete by mid-May, with both roads fully open in time for summer.
Detour signs are posted.
City of Boise's new Robbins Road Roundabout: Sections of Fort Street, Washington Street, Robbins Road and 3rd Street are closed as crews start work on the City of Boise's new Robbins Road Roundabout. See the detour map below for more information. Learn more about this city project here on this City of Boise web page.
Please note that the bus stop on Robbins Road near the Rehabilitation Hospital entrance is temporarily moved to Garrison Road and Fort Place northeast of the hospital.
See the gif below to learn how the city's new roundabout will function.
Warm Springs/Main Street garage area: There is construction work happening near the Warm Springs/Main Street Street St. Luke's employee parking garage in Boise. Expect road detours on Main Street/Warm Springs Avenue as well as walking detours from the garage area to the Boise hospital.
1st and 2nd streets between Jefferson and State streets: There will be closures off and on in this area for utility work. Expect delays, rerouting and temporary closures.
Parking, pedestrian and bike access in Jefferson Street and 1st Street area: There is no parking on the block of Jefferson Street between 1st and 2nd streets. The sidewalk is closed on the north side of Jefferson between 1st and 2nd streets as well as on the west side of 1st Street between Jefferson and State streets. There are cycle track restrictions and closures along 2nd Street. The cycle track is restricted to one lane on State Street between 1st and 2nd streets. These are long-term changes to allow crews to work on construction projects in the area.
St. Luke’s Health System, in conjunction with ACHD and the City of Boise, started road construction in the summer of 2017 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:
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.
Hospital visitors, patients, physicians and staff should add a few extra minutes to their trip in order navigate the construction zones.
For patients receiving care at MSTI, please note the drop-off area will remain accessible. If other instructions are necessary, signs will be posted to help guide drivers.
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 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.
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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