Good News: All Permits Have Been Approved
Thank you for all the inquiries and concerns for the process of restoring the bridge and pathway. Your calls, emails and office visits are the makings of why this project means so much to so many.
The GOOD NEWS is we received all of the required permits stamped “APPROVED” and the project will go out to bid.
Our timeline was to start construction in early 2019 and at this time, it looks like we will be able to stay on track.
Stay tuned for an invitation in the coming months to a celebration of Plantation Island bridge and our shared success in its return. We look forward to celebrating with you!
We did it!
We Raised $75,000
We asked for your help, and you stepped up big time! We raised enough money to restore the Plantation Island bridge. Thanks to the generosity of you and your neighbors, the Plantation Island Greenbelt bridge will soon be restored.
Bridge Restoration Project
The overall project is expected to cost between $160,000 and $200,000 for grouting abutments, restoring the island, rip-rap protection of the embankment, repairing the pathway and restoring the bridge.
FEMA has issued a reimbursement grant to the Idaho Foundation, through the Idaho Office of Emergency Management. The award is for 75% of the estimated project. Once the repair is done and paid for, FEMA will reimburse the Idaho Foundation for the repair work.
We needed to raise $75,000 to begin the repair project this winter. Work in the Boise River, of this type, is limited to low water flows. Once irrigation season is over, and snow accumulation begins, the Boise River drops to about 400 cfs (cubic feet per second). This flow lasts until February or March, when the Corps of Engineers begin to release water from the three dam complex for flood control. This leaves us with a short window this winter to accomplish the project, or our next window of opportunity is January 2020.
Flooding on the Boise River caused erosion of the embankments and pathway of the Greenbelt Bridge near the Plantation Islands near Boise and Garden City. April 3, 2017 a hired crane removed the bridge from the embankments when concern rose that the bridge structure could fail and the bridge could fall or be swept downstream.
The Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands, private nonprofit and nongovernmental, has worked to protect outdoor resources. The Foundation has handled more than $12,000,000 in real estate assets and our administrative budget has never been more than one percent of our asset base. Begun in 1972, the Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands is the oldest land trust in Idaho.