Construction update as of 7/05/18:
Beginning the morning of Tuesday, July 10th, the traffic on Emerald and Americana will be placed into a new traffic configuration for about three (3) weeks to allow for work on the south side of Emerald and Americana, including removing the median on Americana. The new configuration will have three travel lanes total, two for westbound movements and one for eastbound movements. Westbound traffic from Americana onto Emerald will be in the far right lane. Left-turning traffic from westbound Americana onto southbound Latah will be in the center lane. Eastbound traffic from Emerald onto Americana will be the far left lane. There will be flaggers at the intersection and changeable message boards on Americana before the intersection to remind drivers of the traffic pattern.
Crews are working on signal replacement at Garden, Roosevelt, and Latah. Traffic was swapped onto the new pavement on the north side on May 1st. Utility relocations on the south side of Emerald started May 7th and are on-going. The new signal at Latah is scheduled to be activated on June 26th. Utility relocations on the south side of Emerald started May 7th and are on-going through mid-July. Crews are working on sidewalk improvements on the north side of Emerald between Roosevelt and Latah. Crews are also working on seepage beds, storm drain, and sidewalk improvements on the south side of Emerald between Garden and Roosevelt.
Construction to Start
Starting mid-February 2018 construction will begin on the Emerald Street & Americana Boulevard project. Utility work began in January and all construction is anticipated to be complete by the end of summer 2018. The project includes:
Traffic and Construction Impacts
During construction there may be the following impacts: lane restrictions, general construction noise, dust, equipment back up alarms and ground vibration. Typically work will occur between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., however, when necessary crews may work until 10 p.m. to complete overhead work and/or pipe crossings.
Please note that the contractor will coordinate with businesses and property owners to maintain access during construction.
Reconfigure Emerald Street and Americana Boulevard to add continuous bike lanes and complete sidewalk on both sides of Emerald Street. A microseal will be applied for the entire roadway within the project limits. New traffic signals will be installed at the existing signalized intersections with Garden Street, Roosevelt Street, and Latah Street.
Summer 2017 Update
The project was initially planned to occur from summer through early fall of 2017. However, unfortunately the construction bids came in substantially higher than what was expected and budgeted. For this reason, the ACHD Commission did not approve the construction bid at the May 3, 2017 ACHD Commission meeting and the project was delayed until next fiscal year (2018). The City of Boise asked for a reconsideration at the May 10, 2017 Commission meeting. However, after extensive discussion, no motion was made by the ACHD Commission to reconsider the delaying of the project. The project is now tentatively planned to be advertised for bid again in the fall of 2017, with a notice to proceed in the spring of 2018. Construction completion is planned for summer of 2018.
The Emerald and Americana Project was adopted by the ACHD Commission on March 25, 2015. The project will now move into design.
Emerald & Americana Project to be presented to ACHD Commission
March 25, 2015 | 6 p.m. ACHD Auditorium | 3775 Adams Street, Garden City
The Emerald and Americana Project, Orchard to Ann Morrison Park Entrance will be presented to the ACHD Commissioners on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The Commission will make a decision on the Concept Report and decide whether the project will move forward into design. If you would like to present comments about the project to the Commission during the public hearing, you are encouraged to attend this meeting. The Commission Meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the ACHD Auditorium (3775 Adams Street, Garden City); however this project is one of several agenda items and may not be the first item discussed.
If you are unable to attend the Commission Meeting but would like to submit written comments for the Commission to consider, please send them to ACHD, 3775 Adams Street, Garden City, ID, 83714, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 7, 2016 Community Open House Materials
Materials from the January 7, 2016 open house can be found under "Related Documents" to the right.
January 27, 2015 Open House Materials
This project was one of the highest priority projects to come from the 2012 Boise Central Bench Neighborhood Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan. The plan called for adding continuous sidewalks and exploring the feasibility of reconfiguring the street to accommodate bike lanes on Emerald and Americana from Orchard Street to the entrance of Ann Morrison Park.