Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Lighted crosswalks installed in Bellevue

Plan aims to make Safe Routes to School safer

Express Staff Writer

From left, Bellevue Mayor Chris Koch, Councilwoman Janet Duffy, public works employees Jeremy Langley and Tim Higley, and ITD engineer Devin Rigby celebrate the installation of one of four solar-powered crosswalk beacons in central Bellevue. Photo by David N. Seelig

The city of Bellevue recently installed four solar-powered, lighted crosswalk beacons at the corners of Cottonwood and Spruce Streets for safe pedestrian crossing of Main Street, which is also state Highway 75. 

The $20,000 project was funded primarily by federal highway funds through the Safe Routes to School program, as well as by the Bellevue Urban Renewal Agency. 

The city decided to forego portions of federal funding for completion of the project because it was deemed “bureaucratically burdened” by consulting engineer Brian Yeager. He said the city would have to spend $5,000 in application fees alone to get the beacons installed.

Instead the City Council agreed to use city public works funds and labor to install the poles.

In 2009 the city used $148,000 in Safe Routes to School federal grant funding to build sidewalks on the north side of Cedar Street from Highway 75 to the elementary school, and on the east side of Fifth Street from Beech Street to Pine Street. 

The sidewalks provide pedestrian safety for schoolchildren walking and biking to Bellevue Elementary School. The crosswalk beacons were built using the last of the city’s Safe Routes funding.

“The city has worked closely with the Idaho Transport Department District IV staff in Shoshone and Boise staff since the project received its awarding,” said Bellevue Planning Director Craig Eckles. 

Eckles said that in addition, the city has processed a $1.5 million Local Highway Technical Assistance grant to rebuild Broadford Road, which includes a pedestrian pathway on the north side. The new pathway will connect to the new lighted crosswalk at Broadford Road and Main Street.

Eckles said the two intersections across Highway 75 that received the Safe Routes to School grant funding were determined to have the most pedestrians walking to Bellevue Elementary School.

“This is really going to complement the Broadford Road rebuild, which could be completed by 2015,” Eckles said.

About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads

 Local Weather 
Search archives:

Copyright © 2020 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.