Friday, August 29, 2014

Bike path project delayed by rains

Paving work stalled in downtown Hailey

Express Staff Writer

Crews from Idaho Sand and Gravel Co. work on the Wood River Trails bike path north of Hailey. Photo by Roland Lane

    Work on Phase I of a two-year Wood River Trails reconstruction project hit delays due to heavy rains this month.
    The bike path has been completed from Gannett Road in Bellevue to Hailey. Paving of a section of the path from Cemetery Road to Myrtle Street in central Hailey will be completed by Sept. 12—“assuming the ground has dried out by then,” said Janelle Connors, Blaine County Recreation District trails administrative assistant.
    Meanwhile, excavation and paving work has proceeded farther north, with closures from Myrtle Street to Ohio Gulch. The path will be paved progressively northward, from Myrtle Street to West Meadow by the end of the weekend, and from West Meadow to Ohio Gulch by Sept 18.
    Connors said the bike path should be completed to East Fork Road by Oct. 1, with additional work taking place on the tunnel just south of St Luke’s hospital, which will be closed from Sept. 18 to Oct. 4.
    Connors said work this year will end by mid-October.    
    On May 21, Blaine County voters approved a two-year temporary levy to reconstruct, resurface and rehabilitate the bike path from Bellevue to north of Ketchum in order to restore its useful life for another 30 years. The 20-mile artery through the valley was first built in 1984.
    Phase 2 of the project, from East Fork Road to Hulen Meadows north of Ketchum, will take place next summer.
    Connors said anyone with questions about the project can call her at 578-5453 on weekdays. People can also access updated information at or by calling the BCRD Trails Hotline at 578-9754.

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