Friday, April 13, 2007

Hailey eyes grant for sidewalks, bike paths

Express Staff Writer

The Hailey City Council authorized Mayor Susan McBryant this week to sign an application for an Idaho Transportation Department Safe Routes to School grant.

Partnering with the city is Wood River Ride Share, a nonprofit group that promotes carpooling and alternative methods of transportation. Together they hope to receive $84,700 to construct sidewalks and bike paths leading to Hailey Elementary School. The City Council approved the plan at its meeting Monday, April 9.

Hailey would match the grant with $7,000 for the engineering for the project and city officials expect to hear in June if they will be receiving the funding.

Rather than receiving money from ITD up front, the city would be reimbursed for the expended costs after successful completion of the project.

The new paths would run along Elm Street to the school, with one running west from the bike path and another heading east from River Street.

Wood River Ride Share would have an integral role in educating the students about the paths and proper safety while using them.

If awarded the grant, Hailey looks to begin the construction in October and finish in June 2008.

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