Boise construction growth ranks top in the nation

Over the past year construction jobs grew by 24 percent.

BOISE - According to the Associated General Contractors, Boise had the largest percentage gain in metro construction jobs in the nation.

Economist Don Holley says these numbers are good news for more than just the construction industry.

“If you hire 100 construction workers then they are going to buy cars, groceries, they will go to the movies,” said Holley.

Holley also says that ripple effect on the economy is only temporary.

“Think of it as building a dam site. Once the dam is finished, then all you have is maintenance workers and all the employees go away,” he said.

Over the past several years, the city has invested $1 billion in public and private projects such as the City Center Plaza, Simplot headquarters, JUMP, and three new hotels among other structures.

An influx of residential buildings are also popping up, including adding 154 townhomes near State Street and Roe, which can have an impact on traffic.

“They estimated 1,770 trips per day in that area and 170 happening at p.m. peak hour,“ said Ada County Highway spokesperson Nicole DuBois.

DuBois says new construction in general creates traffic but once developments taper off, so will congestion on the road.

“Once all these apartments and condominiums are finished then were not going to have as much construction as we are right now,” said Holley.

Copyright 2016 KTVB


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