Friday, April 27, 2012

Woodside project to begin Monday

Road reconstruction to bring detours, hazards

Express Staff Writer

Woodside Boulevard, the primary road through Woodside subdivision in Hailey, will soon become a construction zone and remain that way for the rest of the summer.

City officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, April 30, at 12:15 p.m. at the intersection of Countryside and Woodside boulevards.

Utility excavation crews are already digging and rebuilding infrastructure in advance of road crews that will soon begin tearing up asphalt, driveway ends, curbs and front yards as they rebuild about 2.5 miles of Woodside Boulevard.

According to a news release from the city of Hailey, contractor Knife River Corp. will provide advance notice to affected residents with "door hanger" signs indicating what will happen and when. The company will rebuild curbs and driveways with original materials.

Final paving of Woodside Boulevard is scheduled to take place over a few days in late August and early September. Until that time, Woodside residents can expect traffic detours and open and dangerous construction sites along Woodside Boulevard. Construction will begin at Fox Acres Road and move south toward Countryside Boulevard as the summer wears on.

Residents with driveways opening onto Woodside Boulevard will at certain times have to park on side streets while work crews attach the new roadway to driveway ends. Mailboxes, trees and irrigation systems within the city right of way will be removed. Woodside Boulevard residents with home mail delivery can pick up their mail at the Hailey Post Office during construction. Centralized mailbox racks will be installed for home delivery after the project is completed.

Irrigation lines in the right of way will be capped by Knife River. During construction, staking will occur to specifically identify property lines. Property owners may want to remove and save any valuable material, including decorative elements and landscape features.

Knife River advises that children and pedestrians stay away from construction zones during the summer, and not park or plant material in planting strips between the road and sidewalks.

For up-to-date information on the Woodside Boulevard project, call the construction hotline at 720-0210.

Para hablar con alguien sobre el proyecto en Español, por favor llame al 788-3531.

Tony Evans:

Mountain Rides detours in May

Valley Route: The following stops will not be served by the Valley Route from April 30 until end of May (or whenever the project is complete on the section from Moonlight Drive to Fox Acres Road): Moonlight, Laurelwood, Red Ash, Baldy View and Fox Acres for northbound; Fox Acres, Baldy View, Red Ash, Laurelwood and Shenandoah for southbound.

- Both northbound and southbound Valley Route buses will use the Countryside stoplight to access Woodside and the stops south of Countryside.

- A temporary stop will be established on Countryside at the bus shelter that sits on the north side of Countryside Road. This stop will be for riders from the mid and north Woodside areas who need to get northbound. For southbound service, the Valley Route will pick up and drop off at a temporary stop on the south side of Countryside Road, across from the Sweetwater bus shelter.

Hailey Route: The route will use Woodside Boulevard to Baldy View and access the Community Campus (and rest of route into downtown) via Blue Lake Drive. The Hailey Route will serve Moonlight, Laurelwood, Red Ash, Baldy View and Shenandoah stops as it is able to reach these stops. It will not serve Fox Acres stops at all during the month of May.

For more information, call 788-7433 or visit

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