First Phase of “I-15 Corridor” to Undergo Construction in Spring
The Portnuef Greenway Foundation is excited to announce the next major expansion of the Portnuef Greenway trail system has been advertised for construction in the spring of this year. This section is the first build of what is generally known as the “ I-15 Corridor,” which will eventually connect ISU to the Wellness Complex and beyond.
The Marshal reach of the Portnuef Greenway will extend south for almost a mile from the Monte Vista Overpass, parallel to I-15, to Farm Bureau Insurance. This paved multi-use non-motorized trail will be ten feet wide and will be built to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. The construction is funded by grants from the Idaho Department of Transportation and the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. Matching funds for the State grants are coming from the Portnuef Greenway Foundation. Bids for construction will be accepted through the City of Pocatello through mid-March and construction will begin as soon as it can be scheduled.
Rory Erchul, President of the Portnuef Greenway Foundation, said “This very significant expansion of the Greenway was only possible because of our partners in this community and I cannot put into words how much I appreciate their support. The City of Pocatello sponsored this project and helped secure funding from the Idaho Transportation Department and the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. The Marshall and Racine Families granted easements across their property for the trail and there have been numerous community members who have contributed matching funds to help make this project a reality.”
Donners who contributed matching funds or made other significant contributions include the Ifft Foundation, Keller Engineering, Idaho Community Bank, Idaho Central Credit Union, Farm Bureau Insurance, Paul Link, and several others who wished to remain anonymous.
“It’s been the intent of the Greenway Foundation for many years to develop trail along I-15. With the help and coordination of so many interested parties, the intent becomes reality this year,” said Dan Harelson, Projects Manager for the Portneuf Greenway Foundation. “This is the first step in creating trail that will connect the Highland Area and the Wellness Complex, south to ISU and the Edson Ficther Nature Area.”
The mission of the Portneuf Greenway Foundation is to create a network of bicycle and pedestrian trails throughout the greater Pocatello area to enhance the quality of life for residents of the area by establishing and improving the Portneuf Greenway as a community resource. The foundation is a 503c organization established in 1992 and is governed by a volunteer board of directors and receives no direct funding from the City of Pocatello or Chubbuck for public facilities. Development of the Portneuf Greenway is guided by the Portneuf Greenway Master Plan and a supporting Capital Investment Plan. Though the Greenway Foundation focused on establishing trails along the Portneuf River initially, the broader vision is to connect a comprehensive trail system throughout the Pocatello and Chubbuck communities.