Freak Alley & Union Block Alley

This project will improve two of the most popular alleys off of 8th Street as public spaces with a repaved surface and overhead lighting.

Union Alley Plan View

The alley project will replace the deteriorating asphalt with concrete, pavers, and a decorative runnel to improve aesthetics and drainage as well as reduce tripping hazards. The project will also install overhead lighting elements.

In conjunction with the CCDC public project, owners and managers around the Union Block Alley plan to make a number of private improvements along it, including consolidation of trash, recycling, and used grease collection; installation of a small plaza space with seating; daylighting the basement of the Union Block Building; installation of artwork and signage on certain building facades; and potential installation of a water feature.

Freak Alley Plan View

These improvements will make these alleys safer and more inviting for the many people who walk through them each day. It will also improve visibility of area businesses and facilitate a host of possible future activities in these spaces next to Downtown Boise’s most popular people street.

Construction is expected to begin in spring 2018, following replacement of the sewer main and services lines in the two alleys.

CCDC Project Manager, Matt Edmond, is overseeing this project.

Construction Updates

Monday, September 18, 2017

After working through some initial permitting issues, Allwest is scheduled to be on-site next Thursday September 28th to conduct some geotechnical investigation beginning at about 9am. They will be boring 4 test holes in each alley, starting at the west end of Freak Alley next to 9th Street and working their way east toward Capitol Blvd. They will be using a floor saw to cut through asphalt, so there will be some noise and dust. They will block off one dig location at a time with orange cones, so any delivery or other vehicles entering the alley will have to back out or turn around to exit the alley while the work is going on.