31 MayCentral Valley Expressway Groundbreaking

Ground is broken on the Central Valley Expressway.

The Central Valley Expressway Groundbreaking occurred on May 24th, 2012 at 2:16 p.m. at the southwest corner of Highway 44 and Highway 16. Approximately 150 people were in attendance.  Speakers were Lieutenant Governor Brad Little, Idaho Senator Chuck Winder, Idaho Transportation Department Board Chair Jerry Whitehead, and Central Valley Expressway Coalition Chair Mary May.  Local artist Desirae Branson opened the ceremony by singing the National Anthem, while Emmett student Cherish Armstrong closed the ceremony with Here We Have Idaho on the tuba.

This phase of the CVE Extension will include the Boise River Crossing that will extend Highway 16 from Highway 44 (State St.) to U.S. 20/26 (Chinden Blvd.)

Desirae Branson sings the National Anthem as Lt. Gov. Little & Sen. Winder stand.

Groundbreaking attendees look on.

The groundbreaking shovels stand ready for the dignitaries.

ITD Board Chair Jerry Whitehead addresses the crowd.

CVEC Chair Mary May

Idaho Senator Chuck Winder

Lt. Gov. Little & Sen. Winder share a laugh on stage.

Keynote address by Lieutenant Governor Brad Little

Idaho Reps. Moyle & Palmer

Cherish Armstrong plays "Here We Have Idaho."

Attendees gather in front of the stage.

Festive refreshments.

Lt. Gov. Brad Little visits with ACHD Commissioner John Franden.

Approximately 150 people were in attendance.

Retired ITD Board Chair Darrell Manning with current ITD Board Chair Jerry Whitehead.

Groundbreaking accomplished.

All photos by Matthew May.