Friday, August 31, 2012

Progress made on Woodside project

Fox Acres roundabout set to be completed today

Express Staff Writer

Reconstruction of the northern end of Woodside Boulevard, above, is complete. Crews have been working on the Hailey thoroughfare throughout the summer. Photo by David N. Seelig

Residents at the north end of Woodside Boulevard in Hailey are getting a taste of what it means to have a new road complete with sidewalks and bike lanes. 

The city is using a $3.5 million federal grant to complete the redevelopment, which will include bike paths, traffic-calming measures, bus stops and a roundabout at the corner of Fox Acres Road and Woodside Boulevard.

The road is complete on phases 1 and 2, from the corner of Fox Acres Road to Laurel Wood Drive, about three-quarters of a mile south. Landscaping of a planting strip is still under way on the section.

“The overall project on our north end is great. It’s going to look good,” said Hailey Planning and Zoning Commissioner Geoffrey Moore, whose home is on the completed section.

Project Manager Rob Cunningham said the residents of Woodside Boulevard have been understanding of contractor Knife River Corp.’s efforts to complete the project, and patient with traffic detours and other inconveniences.

“The north-end residents are thrilled to see the new paving and sidewalks. We’re getting a lot of positive feedback from that,” Cunningham said.

The roundabout at the intersection of Fox Acres Road and Woodside Boulevard is scheduled to be open this evening, Aug. 31, replacing a three-way stop marked by stop signs.

Cunningham said the roundabout will allow more cars per hour to flow through the intersection. The roundabout is designed to slow traffic into a counter-clockwise swirl instead of bringing all cars to a mandatory stop.

“There is a lot of striping and signs directing you. You just keep turning right, never turn left on a roundabout,” he said.

The rest of Woodside Boulevard is scheduled for completion by the end of September.

“The residents have been pretty cooperative and understanding of what’s going on and adjusting their programs to work with us,” Cunningham said.

Hailey officials plan to work with residents in spring 2013 to facilitate tree plantings in the planting strips. Until then, people are asked to not disturb them by any landscaping activities or parking in the landscape strip. 

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