Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Woodside Boulevard project moves forward

Bid packages go out in February

Express Staff Writer

The city of Hailey is gearing up for one of the biggest public works projects in years: the redevelopment of 2.5 miles of Woodside Boulevard this summer.

Public information packets will be distributed soon to hundreds of Woodside Boulevard residents alerting them to changes in construction schedules and other project details.

From April to November, construction crews will bring new road surfaces, sidewalks, bike lanes, pocket parking areas and other improvements.

Woodside Boulevard will also get a traffic signal at the corner of state Highway 75 near Power Engineers, and a roundabout traffic feature at the corner of Fox Acres Road.

Changes to the original, two-year construction schedule include a reduction in sidewalk widths and a reduction in the number of bus shelters.

The City Council is set to authorize construction bids at a public meeting on Jan. 23. The council will then review the bids at a public meeting on Feb. 27 before moving forward with the project.

City staff will have help overseeing the project. The council authorized a request for qualifications Monday, calling for a construction, engineering and inspection specialist to oversee major aspects of the project.

The chosen candidate will sample and test materials at the site, and work to meet federal guidelines to ensure that the city is reimbursed for $3.5 million in costs, as guaranteed by a federal grant.

"We will need someone with expertise in federally funded projects," Tom Hellen, Hailey public works director, said at a City Council meeting Monday.

For more information about the Woodside Boulevard project, go to the city of Hailey website at

In other Hailey news:

( The City Council authorized a final request for proposals for contractors to bid for trash removal services in Hailey, with a new component expanding the number of sizes of recyclable materials containers from two to three.

( The City Council voted unanimously to change council meetings to the first and third Monday of each month, in order to allow city leaders to prepare for Friedman Memorial Airport board meetings on the first Tuesday of each month.

( Mayor Fritz Haemmerle and council members Carol Brown and Pat Cooley were sworn in to office.

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