Boise, ID – This week, the Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands announced that funding and permitting has been secured to replace the Plantation Island Bridge between Boise and Garden City. Two years ago, high flows on the Boise River threatened the bridge and it had to be removed. Once restored, the bridge will create much desired connectivity for the Boise River Greenbelt Pathway.
The bridge site where the abutment remains.
As part of the permitting and design process to repair the bridge abutments and restore the deteriorated pathway, employee-owners in Parametrix’s Boise Survey group donated professional services and survey equipment necessary to gather existing site conditions and prepare a topographic survey. Mike Celt, PLS, CFedS, Parametrix’s Boise Office Survey Manager, was excited to be a part of the restoration project, which was nearly entirely funded by private donations.
Judy Peavey-Derr, a board member for the foundation, said in a news release “When we publicized the need for private donations, we were overwhelmed with the community’s generosity. It’s just been a wonderful partnership project. Everyone loves the Greenbelt!”
Mike Celt had a personal desire to be involved in the project. “My mother and father in-law have recently moved to Boise and live near the Boise River, just upstream from the Plantation Island bridge” said Mike. “They love using the Greenbelt Pathway year-round and when we heard of fundraising efforts for the bridge restoration, I wanted to see what I could do to help out.”
The bridge is set to be open by early April.
Parametrix surveyor Matt Iseger prepares equipment at the project site.
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