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Road Projects Around St. Luke’s Boise Advance 

February 19, 2018

St. Luke’s patients and staff, along with drivers and pedestrians in the Fort Boise area, will see construction activity stretching around the downtown Boise hospital campus.


Here are the latest updates:

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.

Construction crews are now leveraging our better-than-average winter weather and are continuing to work on the sidewalks, curb, cycle track and other road projects.

The transportation projects are being done in partnership with ACHD and the City of Boise.

Here are the latest developments:

1st Street closures

1st Street between Idaho Street and Bannock Street will be closed through about late March. This is the area under the Anderson Center/South Tower parking garage. Pedestrians will have sidewalk access on the east side. (Remember that Idaho Street has already returned to one traffic lane in the areas around the Boise hospital.)

1st Street also is closed between Jefferson and State streets in an effort to improve traffic flow. The closure allows east/west traffic to move much more efficiently along the State Street/Fort Street corridor as cars aren't exiting and entering 1st Street. There is business access allowed on 1st Street from Jefferson Street to the alley. Pedestrian access for this portion of 1st Street is on the west side.

Anderson Center garage

Weather permitting, the east driveway of the Anderson Center/South Tower parking garage on Idaho Street is closed through sometime in March. The west driveway on Idaho Street and both driveways on Bannock Street remain open.

St. Luke’s Boise MSTI driveways

Weather permitting, the St. Luke’s MSTI west driveway is closed through sometime in March. The east driveway is open. Once work on the west driveway is complete and that section is reopened, the east driveway will close. (The driveway closures for both MSTI and the parking garage are dependent on when crews can pour concrete, which can only be done in certain temperatures.)

Crane activity near site of new Idaho Elks Children's Pavilion

There is crane work taking place on the Boise campus downtown through about Wednesday, Feb. 28, as construction begins on the sky bridge support tower. The crane is located in a closed lane on Avenue B, near Jefferson Street, and across from the Children’s Pavilion project. The crane operates periodically to support the drilling operations for the foundation piers. The work zone around the crane will be barricaded and restricted to construction personnel only.

Sidewalk closures, lane reduction on Avenue B

  • The sidewalk on the west side of Avenue B, between Warm Springs and Bannock streets, is closed.
  • The sidewalk on the west side of Avenue B, between Bannock and Jefferson streets, is also closed.
  • The westernmost southbound traffic lane of Avenue B is closed between Warm Springs Avenue and Bannock Street. (There will still be southbound access as one lane will remain open.)

Reserve Street and the Reserve Street roundabout

Reserve Street and the Reserve Street roundabout are fully operational for the winter. This includes left-turn access. Public reaction to the new roundabout has been extremely positive.

Idaho Street

The pedestrian crossings in the Idaho Street area – including the popular Avenue A at Idaho – have been reopened.

Temporary sidewalk is going in on the north side of Idaho Street. This will provide continuous sidewalk from Avenue A to 1st Street.

Idaho Street has returned to one lane in the area around the downtown hospital so crews can continue to work on the cycle track and other projects.

Other notes about pedestrian access

Pedestrians should be on the lookout for construction signage detailing the latest detours as they navigate the downtown campus.

Pedestrian walkways on the north side of Fort Street and the east side of Avenue B are positioned to provide access around this section of the campus. 

Work on the south side of Fort Street requires taking a different path from the main campus to St. Luke’s-Elks Rehab on Robbins Road as sidewalk sections on the south side of Fort are being removed:

  1. The east side of Avenue B is open. Pedestrians can take this section north and cross Reserve Street to continue onto the north side of the roundabout. Then turn left onto the north side of Fort Street and continue walking west toward the Elks.

  2. Pedestrians leaving the central/west part of the campus should use 2nd Street, cross State Street and turn left onto the south side of Fort Street until they are able to cross north onto Robbins.

  3. Note that the Garrison Avenue crossing on the east side of Fort Street is not ADA accessible because of gravel surfacing.

Avenue C closed through 2018

Avenue C between Jefferson and Bannock streets will be closed through 2018 so that construction can proceed on the Idaho Elk's Children Pavilion. Jefferson Street between Avenue B and Avenue C reopened Nov. 21.

Tranportation Improvements


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:

  • Construction of the new roundabout at the intersection of East Fort and Reserve streets.
  • Construction of a dedicated cycle track around the St. Luke’s perimeter.
  • Realignment and improvements on the intersection of 1st, Fort and State streets.
  • Creating a dedicated right turn from north-bound Avenue B on to East Jefferson.
  • Installing bigger sidewalks and bike lanes around the campus perimeter where space allows.

During this work, road construction crews will be concentrated:

  • Throughout Avenue B, East Fort, West Fort, State and Reserve streets.
  • Additional crews will be working on Idaho and 2nd streets. 


Old and New Routes

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.

Drivers

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.

Pedestrians

Pedestrians should be on the lookout for construction signage detailing the latest detours as they navigate the downtown campus.

Pedestrian walkways on the north side of Fort Street and the east side of Avenue B have been connected to allow good flow around this section of the campus.

And new work on the south side of Fort Street means taking a different path from the main campus to St. Luke’s Rehab on Robbins Road as sidewalk sections on the south side of Fort start being removed:

The east side of Avenue B is open. Pedestrians can take this section north and cross Reserve Street to continue onto the north side of the roundabout. Then turn left onto the north side of Fort Street and continue walking west toward the St. Luke’s Rehab.

Pedestrians leaving the central/west part of the campus should use 2nd Street, cross State Street and turn left onto the south side of Fort Street until they are able to cross north onto Robbins.

MSTI

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.

Anderson Plaza

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.

Tree removal

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:

  • Increased intersection capacity.
  • City Modal Elements: the cycle track and other amenities requested by the city.
  • Fort Boise Master Plan – Reserve and Fort / Fort and Robbins roundabouts.

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.

The view down into the new Children's Pavilion Taken from the St. Luke's Boise rooftop.

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.

Jefferson Street is not expected to be closed again until the first phase of improvements and the Bannock Plaza redesign are complete. 



Proposed Rendering of the new downtown Boise St. campus.

Main Boise 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.”

Projects:

  • New Children’s Pavilion (under construction)
  • New central plant
  • New parking structure
  • New hospital tower
  • Expand and modernize St. Luke’s MSTI cancer center
  • Expand and modernize St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital
  • Expand and upgrade the current hospital tower

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.

Proposed Rendering

Rendering of the new St. Luke's Boise Hospital entrance at 1st and Fort Streets.

Related Location

St. Luke's Boise Medical Center
190 E. Bannock St.
Boise, ID 83712
(208) 381-2222