A Bridge to Somewhere: Broadway Span Will Reopen for BSU Home Opener 

According to officials, the monthslong Broadway Bridge redesign has a $20.2 million price tag.

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According to officials, the monthslong Broadway Bridge redesign has a $20.2 million price tag.

When Boise State University swings open the gates of Albertsons Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 10, ushering in another college football season, Boise will once again see a city within a city. Nearly 37,000 people will be in attendance at the sold-out season opener to watch the Boise State Broncos play the Washington State Cougars. Imagine everyone from the cities of Lewiston, Post Falls, Rexburg or the combination of Eagle and Star inside Albertsons Stadium—its capacity surpasses each of those cities' populations.

With so many people in confined quarters, public safety is a chief concern—but those people need to get to the stadium first. Figuring out how is not a task for the faint-hearted: The $20 million-plus renovation of the Broadway Bridge shut it down for the better part of 2016 and fans are still wondering how they'll get to the stadium, only a touchdown-toss away from bridge.

Fear not, says the Idaho Transportation Department, insisting the bridge will be open by Sept. 10, even though the project won't be complete. While ITD officials have been elusive about whether the span would be open by kickoff, Boise State officials confirmed Aug. 29 they'd been told by transportation officials to plan on it.

"Everything we've been told is that the bridge will be open for game day," Boise State Athletic Director Curt Apsey told the media Aug. 29. "I don't know if it will be completely finished, but at least for a 24-hour period, people will be able to drive or walk across the bridge. I know they've been working on it 24/7."

When complete, the bridge redesign will include newly-paved ramps from the Boise Greenbelt to Broadway. Three new staircases will also link the pathway to the upper road.

ITD officials said the newly designed Broadway Bridge should accommodate the approximate 25,000 vehicles traveling Broadway each weekday. Add the thousands of pedestrians who hike to Albertsons Stadium on game day, and the reopening won't come a moment too soon.

The Sept. 10 nationally-televised season opener is slated to kick off at 8:15 p.m.

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