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.

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If you're looking for something to do Saturday and have an interest in eco-friendly homes, you should consider checking out the straw bale house being built in East Boise.

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.

Idaho Transportation Department

The Broadway Bridge is the preferred route for thousands of cars each day. But commuters will have to find a different route once the bridge closes down January 4.

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Molly Messick / StateImpact Idaho

Idaho workers saw the largest per capita income increase in the country in 2013, according to data recently released by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis. The 2.4 percent increase was substantially higher than 0.1 percent increase seen nationally.

The Greater Boise Auditorium District has announced plans to partner with the Gardner Company to create more convention space by expanding the Boise Centre.

Officials including Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, Gardner Company Chief Operating Officer Tommy Ahlquist and the Auditorium District Board made the announcement Thursday.

Plans call for two new buildings with about 43,000 square feet of space for meetings and a kitchen to be built on the parking lot around the U.S. Bank building owned by the Gardner Company.

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Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

The Boise housing market is coming off the strongest sales period the region has seen since before the housing bubble burst in 2008. Low interest rates and relatively low demand helped drive home values higher this summer.  

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This fall, Boise State University students taking Casey Cline's class on construction management for the first time will need to bring an iPad or some other tablet-style computer.

Cline says he is imposing this new rule because the devices are becoming ever-more present on job sites for uploading data reports, photos and job specs.

Cline told the Idaho Business Review he simply wants his students better prepared for the real world.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

This morning, ironworkers celebrated the “topping off” at the Eighth and Main Tower in downtown Boise. Business and political leaders watched as the final beam was placed at the top of the 18-story building.

Visitors to the private event signed their names before the beam was hoisted above the city’s skyline.

Speaking from the windy rooftop, developer Kem Gardner thanked construction workers who have been building the Tower.

Molly Messick / StateImpact Idaho

Sawmills in the Northwest have significantly ramped up production in response to the rebound in construction nationally.  That's according to a market survey by an industry consultant based near Seattle. 

Wood Resources International president Hakan Ekstrom  says the region's sawmills are returning to profitability thanks to a happy coincidence of rising domestic and foreign demand.

Boise State Construction Snarls University Drive

Oct 4, 2012
Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

If you visit the Boise State campus this fall, you are likely to run into some construction. Three separate projects are disrupting the flow of traffic on University Drive. At times, parts of the street are down to a single lane with flaggers directing traffic.

Jared Everett is with Campus Planning and Facilities.  One project will link Boise’s geothermal heating system to the University.

Molly Messick / StateImpact Idaho

Idaho was hit hard in the housing crash.  For the better part of three years, the state’s foreclosure rate was one of the highest in the nation.  The Boise area saw the worst of it.  That means it’s been a while since this scene played out with any kind of regularity.

Lynne Smith pushes open the door of the home she’ll move into in just a couple of weeks. "This is it!" she says.  "It’s just nice to come in and look around and say, 'Oh, this is going to be my house!'"

It’s brand new.  It even smells new.