Historic 8th St. bridge to get LED upgrade

One of the oldest bridges in the City of Boise is about to get outfitted with brand new technology.

The Capital City Development Corporation and City of Boise are partnering to add LED lighting the the 8th Street Trestle Bridge.

PLSM.com screenshot. CCDC cited this bridge in Clarksville, TN as a model for the work to happen on 8th St. in Boise

PLSM.com screenshot. CCDC cited this bridge in Clarksville, TN as a model for the work to happen on 8th St. in Boise

Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0

Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0

The bridge is more than 100 years old, constructed in 1911 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It crosses the Boise River near the Ann Frank Human Rights Memorial and was built by the Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co.  It was the first bridge crossing over the river, eliminating the need to take a ferry to get from the city core to then-rural areas south of the river.

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The City of Boise Department of Arts & History awarded an estimated $75,000 bid to Rocky Mountain Electric to do the lighting install. 

According to CCDC, which will contribute urban renewal tax dollars to the project, it will include "adjustable and programmable LED lighting for seasonal and special occasions." The agency says the upgrades will also help boost pedestrian experience and safety.

The lights should be up and running by late this year.