Friday, March 30, 2012

City sets forum for Woodside project

Open house scheduled for Wednesday, April 4


By MATT FURBER
Express Staff Writer

Public Works Director Tom Hellen, left, discusses the Woodside Boulevard reconstruction project at an open house last year. Express file photo

The city of Hailey will hold an open house Wednesday, April 4, to kick off preparations for reconstruction of Woodside Boulevard. The meeting follows recent efforts by the city to gather contact information in the process of trying to inform people about the project ahead.

"Going into a major project as this, we ask in advance that residents take steps to learn about the project impacts," said Mayor Fritz Haemmerle ahead of the invitation to all residents to attend meeting. "We know that construction is an inconvenience to get through, but we're confident that with good communication, residents' frustrations can be minimized."

The informational meeting is scheduled from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Woodside Elementary School cafeteria. Interested community members and Woodside residents are invited to attend to learn about the project and ask questions. A formal presentation is scheduled at 6 p.m. with a question-and-answer session to follow.

Project staff, including from contractor Knife River Corp., will be available to discuss the construction plan, traffic impacts, detours, driveway access, landscaping and irrigation system impacts. Project leaders will be on hand to answer questions together with a translator for Spanish speakers.

Knife River has a $4.23 million contract to develop new road surfaces, sidewalks, bike lanes, pocket parking areas and make other improvements. The project will also add a traffic signal at the corner of Woodside Boulevard and state Highway 75, and a roundabout traffic feature at the intersection with Fox Acres Road.

The total project cost is estimated at $5.26 million. A significant amount of the project cost, up to $3.5 million, will be reimbursed through a TIGER II grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. A state Highway 75 traffic signal component of $212,000 will be paid for by the Idaho Department of Transportation.

"The project will provide a safe corridor, which accommodates all types of users on Woodside, including motorists, transit passengers, bicyclists and pedestrians," states a city news release.

Improving the safety of the road has been part of the city's capital improvement plan for several years. Woodside Boulevard was identified in 2008 as the top priority for residential street improvement, according to a community-wide survey.




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