Friday, August 10, 2012

Hailey roundabout nears completion

Project scheduled to be done at end of month


By TONY EVANS
Express Staff Writer

Construction crews work on a traffic roundabout Wednesday at the intersection of Fox Acres Road and Woodside Boulevard in Hailey. Photo by David N. Seelig

One of the more distinctive features of the Woodside Boulevard redevelopment project is taking shape at the corner of Woodside Boulevard and Fox Acres Road.

A traffic roundabout at the Hailey intersection, which is quite busy during the school year, is scheduled for completion on Aug. 31, the first day of classes at Wood River High School.

The roundabout, which is a common traffic feature in Europe, was installed to facilitate traffic flows.

Instead of stopping at stop signs on each corner, as has been the case, drivers will slowly merge with traffic flowing in a circular pattern around the roundabout.

Project manager Rob Cunningham is asking drivers who are not familiar with driving in a roundabout to take extra precautions the first few weeks after it is open to traffic.

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"Follow the signage carefully and slow down as you are merging into the roundabout and following the pattern of traffic," Cunningham says.

The Hailey City Council recently chose a color for the edges of the roundabout that will match "Wolverine Green" used by the Wood River High School football teams.

The remaining 2.5-mile Woodside Boulevard redevelopment project is scheduled for completion in September.

The $5.26 million project is funded in part by a $3.5 million federal grant.

Tony Evans:  HYPERLINK "mailto:kwutz@mtexpress.com" tevans@mtexpress.com




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