Construction detours change at the Grove Plaza

New detours are coming to downtown Boise.

BOISE - Some big changes are coming to the Grove Plaza, so anyone who walks or bikes in the area should expect new detours.

The east walkway that connects to Grove Street and the Basque Block is now open after being closed for about a year.

One of the big parts of the project is adding a concourse and a sky bridge to connect the old convention center to the newly constructed one. That means the south walkway will likely close in the next few days, so bicyclists and pedestrians who normally cross Front Street at the 8th Street crossing will have to go over to Capitol or 9th Street.

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“We see that it's an inconvenience, but given everything else that's going on and actually the growth that's happening, we see it as a very big positive," said Patrick Rice, the executive director of the Boise Centre.

Rice said people understand and adapt to the construction. Crews are also painting a mural, updating the fountain and putting in trees.

"It's a very short lived, I think change in pedestrian flow for a couple of months,” he said. “I think hopefully the end result everybody will be really, really proud of."

The entire project is expected to be finished by the summer of 2017.

Copyright 2016 KTVB


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