Wednesday, November 10, 2010

City: Warm Springs closure ‘unlikely’

Express Staff Writer

A dozen northern Ketchum business owners gathered at Moss Garden Center on Nov. 4, their sights set on attaining one answer.

Lisa Horowitz, Ketchum's director of Community and Economic Development, didn't beat around the bush.

"Let's just put this to bed at the beginning," Horowitz said. "The City Council has informally said that closing Warm Springs Road is extremely unlikely."

The city recently completed a Warm Springs Road transportation study, finding that the thoroughfare already has congestion problems that are expected to worsen because the Warm Springs area is only 50 percent built out.

City Engineer Steven Yearsley said improvements need to be made. One proposal is severing Warm Springs Road's connection to Main Street and rerouting southbound Warm Springs traffic down Seventh Street.

The reason: Computer simulations show Main Street's northbound traffic at a gridlock all the way through downtown if Warm Springs is built out, due to cars waiting to turn left onto Warm Springs Road at the intersection with Main Street.

The concern of these proprietors is that they'll fall from sight and lose business if the road closes.

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