Broadway Bridge

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

A vital link between Boise State University and the heart of the capital city reopens today. The Broadway Bridge, which was constructed in just 9 months at a cost of around 20 million dollars, opens to pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles at 1 p.m.

Around 200 people gathered on the span of the new bridge to mark the opening just a day before the first home game at BSU.

Idaho Transporation Department

Idaho Transportation Department officials will celebrate their newest infrastructure upgrade this Friday. The much-anticipated reopening of the Broadway Bridge comes right before the first Bronco home football game, when fans will get to walk, bike or drive across the structure which is next to the stadium.

Both Mayor Dave Bieter and Boise State University President Bob Kustra will attend the Friday morning ceremony.

The Idaho Transportation Department Wednesday released a video showing progress on the Broadway Bridge replacement. It was taken by an aerial drone just a few days ago.

Idaho Transportation Department

Replacing the Broadway Bridge is about to get very noisy. The Idaho Transportation Department says crews will start pile driving Wednesday morning.

Pile driving is when steel beams are mounted on a crane and driven into the ground. Each pile is 65-feet long. A total of 168 piles will be hammered deep into the river bed to support the bridge foundation.