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Historic South Eighth Street Bridge Now Lit

Capital City Development Corporation (CCDC) worked with the City of Boise’s Arts and History department to install lighting to the historic South Eighth Street Bridge, improving public safety and infrastructure while preserving its historic significance.

Bridge with lighting


Have you taken an evening stroll across the South Eighth Street Bridge lately? If so, you may have noticed its new lighting!  The City of Boise along with CCDC and the Boise City Department of Arts & History, worked together to add lighting to the historic bridge allowing for safer travel across the trestle bridge at night time, while highlighting the bridge’s architectural features.

The project was identified through CCDC’s ‘South Eighth Street District: Cultural Strategies for Placemaking and Activation’ plan, which put together a list of recommendations for infrastructure improvements in the South Eighth Street area. The bridge was originally intended to have a comprehensive programmable, multi-colored lighting system that could be designed/programmed by an artist, but based on the public’s feedback, the project was redirected towards simple, elegant white light.

The Department of Arts & History managed the process from the Request for Qualifications (RFP) through to installation. One firm responded to the RFP, Rocky Mountain Electric, who was awarded the project. 

Bridge from a street


Originally constructed in 1910 and completed in 1911, and placed on the National Register of Historic Places, the bridge is often referred to as the ‘Ninth Street Bridge’, however it changed from the historic name to the ‘South Eighth Street Bridge’ during construction on the route from Capital Boulevard in 1931 “due to reconfiguration of the traffic route handled south-bound traffic” (National Register of Historic Places Registration Form, 2001).

Published: July 26, 2018