Friday, April 28, 2006

Sun Valley OKs traffic improvements

Express Staff Writer

The Sun Valley City Council agreed last week to purchase an approximately $10,000 device that will assist emergency vehicles in getting to the hospital faster.

The council voted 3-0 Thursday, April 20, to purchase an Opticom Traffic Control System, a device that enables emergency vehicles to change the traffic signals at the Highway 75 and Elkhorn Road intersection.

"Right now the biggest issue is getting the ambulance through Elkhorn Road and to the hospital," said Jeff Carnes, Sun Valley fire chief. In a memo to the council, Carnes said that an increase of medical calls coming from the Elkhorn area combined with heavy traffic warrant the device.

Pedestrians will see improvements on the city's multi-use trail system along Morning Star Road. The council approved a $10,600 contract with CH2M Hill engineers to provide design and bidding services for path relocation and seal improvements. The contract stipulates that drawings will be complete in May in order to complete the project this summer. The council did not approve a $55,205 contract that would have provided improvements to the city's multi-use path from the intersection of Saddle Road and Sun Valley Road north to the Sun Valley Co. golf course.

Councilwoman Ann Agnew, who is on medical leave, did not attend the meeting.

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