problems for Highway 75 expansion
Express Staff Writer
four-lane highway between Elkhorn Road and Ketchum will be very
difficult to build, despite a public outcry for four lanes extending
from Timmerman Junction, at the intersection of Highway 75 and U.S. 20,
At a town
hall meeting June 19, Highway 75 planning consultant Diana Atkins said
the narrow and short corridor between McHanville and Ketchum may pose
too many problems to overcome to build four lanes.
of the realities is that right-of-way is very limited and
expensive," she said. "There isn’t much right-of-way at
Reinheimer (Ranch), and that will pretty much keep it as is. We’re not
suggesting many changes through the Reinheimer area."
laws intended to preserve historic properties protect Reinheimer Ranch,
be possible to install an additional lane or sidewalks in the stretch,
"but we will not be able to consistently get two additional
lanes," Atkins said.
we’re going to need some help from the city of Ketchum trying to
figure out what’s going to work," she said.
bridge at Trail Creek will be another of the focal points in the
northern corridor, Atkins said.
could be four lanes, but does it make sense to do so with the narrow
right-of-way at Reinheimer?" she asked. "If you can only
achieve at best three lanes through Reinheimer, what does that mean for
Transportation Department recently unveiled design alternatives for the
entire Highway 75 corridor.
show options for improvements, scheduled to begin in 2007, on a 27-mile
section of highway. About 130 people attended an open house June 12 at
the Old County Courthouse in Hailey.
plans show a two-lane highway from the U.S. Highway 20 intersection at
Timmerman Junction to Bellevue, as well as for the short section from
Elkhorn Road north into Ketchum.
on this project is simple," Atkins said.
Atkins will host another open house meeting in Ketchum on July 16 at the
Kentwood Lodge. That meeting, which should run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
will include more up-to-date work on the portion from Elkhorn Road to
Ketchum, Atkins said.