Friday, August 9, 2013

Committee supports H-75 speed reduction

Proposal intended to minimize vehicle-wildlife collisions


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

    The Blaine County Regional Transportation Committee voted unanimously Thursday to support a proposal for a nighttime speed reduction on a two-mile stretch of state Highway 75 immediately north of Hailey.
    The recommendation, intended to reduce the number of vehicle-wildlife collisions in the area, was brought to the Transportation Committee by its advisory group, the Wildlife Crossing Committee.
    If the proposal receives final approval by the Idaho Transportation Department, the nighttime speed limit on the two-mile stretch of highway between McKercher Boulevard and Zinc Spur Road would be reduced from 55 miles per hour to 45 mph.
    Blaine County Sheriff Gene Ramsey, who is supportive of the proposal, said in an interview Thursday that he is pleased that the committee supported the recommendation.
    “I think it’s a good test project,” Ramsey said. “I hope the community gets behind it. I hope the community realizes that we can’t sit out there and enforce the speed limit all alone.”
    The Transportation Committee is an organization composed of local municipality officials and representatives of other organizations involved in transportation issues.
    The committee is chaired by Blaine County Commissioner Angenie McCleary.




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