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PATHWAY PROJECT CONCEPT SUPPORTED 3-18-10 LMS

The Salmon City Council has approved an official show of support for a Scenic Byways pathway project along Highway 28.

JoAnn Wolters explained the project on which she and City Recreation Director Judy Barkley have been working. The .65 mile pathway would replace a bicycle path destroyed last summer by sewer and water line installation and give youngsters a safe route for bicycle riding or walking to City Park and the Sacajawea Center. Some of the funds for the project would come from Idaho Transportation Department federal monies dedicated to the Scenic Byways program and some from a grant which calls for an ‘in-kind’ match. The match could be in the form of supplying surfacing material and/or labor.

The proposed path would begin in the vicinity of Arnold’s Auto and end in the area of City Park where a well marked crosswalk across the highway would lead to the Sacajawea Center. The state has approved letting the bid to local contractors only, as long as there are at least three bidders.

Wolters said the pathway could be either dirt and gravel or possibly chip-sealed using materials left over from another city project. If it were chip-sealed there would be less maintenance involved and it would be up to the city to provide the maintenance. It was estimated that if chip-sealed, the pathway’s surface would last from ten to twenty years before much maintenance was required since it would not have to withstand heavy vehicular traffic.

Wolters said what is needed now is a letter of support from the city to include in the funding application. She added that community support for the idea is widespread and a lot of people have already stepped forward with offers of in-kind donations.

Councilman Jim Baker said he is supportive of pathways but also basically pretty apprehensive about the city taking on any potential future costs. Mayor John Miller commented that on the other hand it was the city that tore up the path which used to be there.

Councilman Bud Bartlett made a motion to support the plan and the council passed it unanimously. Wolters promised to keep the council updated on the application’s progress.


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