Wednesday, June 13, 2012

More traffic detours in Woodside

Woodside Boulevard reconstruction project well under way


By TONY EVANS
Express Staff Writer

Work crews install infrastructure in a torn-up portion of Woodside Boulevard in Hailey last week. Photo by David N. Seelig

The north end of Woodside Boulevard in Hailey has been quiet of traffic lately, except for work crews who plan to finish redeveloping the entire 2.5-mile-long road by the end of summer.

Hailey Planning and Zoning Commissioner Geoffrey Moore commented at a City Council meeting last week just how nice it was to not have the noise of automobile traffic that usually dominates his front yard.

"Take as long as you like," Moore joked.

Yet traffic diversions are causing backups on Countryside Boulevard and other routes used by motorists to get into and out of Woodside subdivision.

"There will be some congestion there," said Public Works Director Tom Hellen. "We're working with the Idaho Transportation Department on methods to take care of it. There will be delays."

Hellen said that until June 22, traffic to and from the high school and Community Campus will be redirected from Fox Acres Road through Old Hailey and Foxmoor subdivision or through Blue Lakes and Green Valley Drive to the south. Signs on Fox Acres Road this week announced that work is beginning on a new roundabout traffic feature at the intersection of Fox Acres and Woodside Boulevard. By June 26, a traffic signal at the corner of Woodside Boulevard and state Highway 75 should be turned on, Hellen said.

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Woodside Boulevard will get stripped of asphalt over the next three months. Sidewalks will be built and other features installed before asphalt is laid over the entire road during the course of a few days in mid-September.

Knife River Corp. Project Manager Rob Cunningham said safety is the primary concern for his personnel.

"Please obey the speed limit signs and watch for our employees in the work zone," he said. "Our goal is to complete this job with zero accidents or injuries for workers and travelers."

Hellen said he would be available to any Woodside Boulevard residents with questions about construction along their property.

To speak with Hellen directly, call the Public Works Department at 788-9830, ext. 14 to make an appointment.

Tony Evans: tevans@mtexpress.com




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