Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Letters about Hwy 75 alert property owners

Express Staff Writer

Some 1,200 letters are being received this week by hundreds of Blaine County property owners and others reminding them of a Jan. 26 public meeting where questions about the planned expansion and improvement of state Highway 75 will be discussed.

The letter from Chuck Carnohan, environmental manager of the Idaho Transportation Department, points out that the recently released Draft Environmental Impact Statement outlines details of the proposed highway expansion and invites public comment.

The DEIS is collected in several volumes along with maps, totaling some 1,220 pages.

The public meeting will be held between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26, in the Blaine County Senior Center, 721 Third Avenue South in Hailey.

It will be more of an open house rather than a formalized hearing. Professionals from ITD and ITD consultants Parsons Brinckerhoff, of Salt Lake City, will host the meeting, displaying elements of the DEIS and answering questions.

ITD is soliciting comments about the draft study, which must be reviewed and approved by the Federal Highway Administration before funding for the $110 million, 27-mile project is released.

Copies of the DEIS are available for public review at the Blaine County Planning and Zoning office, city halls in Bellevue, Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley and at the ITD district office in Shoshone.

Written comments should be sent to Gwen Smith, ITD, 3311 West State St., Boise, Idaho, 83707-1129, no later than Feb. 24.

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