Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Broadford Road plan generates ‘heat’

Improvements are far from certain


By KATHERINE WUTZ
Express Staff Writer

People are voicing opposition to the county's application for funds to improve Broadford Road south of Hailey, county commissioners said Tuesday.

"Our application is already generating some heat," Commissioner Larry Schoen said. "I want to be really careful."

However, county Director of Operations Char Nelson said any work to be done on the road is likely years away.

"There's generally quite a wait time on these funds," Nelson said. "We're really in step one."

The county applied for a $2.5 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration's Surface Transportation Program last week. But even if the county is awarded the grant, Nelson said, it is under no obligation to accept it.

The nature of improvements to the road, if any, will not be addressed until the county develops its transportation plan. Nelson said funding for the plan's development are not set to be released until March at the earliest, and the plan will be designed with extensive public input.

"We're a long way from determining what, if any, improvements will be made," she said. "There's a good period of time for conversation."

Katherine Wutz: kwutz@mtexpress.com




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