CROSSWALKS DISCUSSION 7-2-14 LMS
The topic of new, current and potential crosswalks was a focus during the Salmon City Council’s Roundtable portion of its July 2 meeting.
Councilman Jim Bockelman said he was happy to see the sidewalk work being done by city crews. He added that there is one area he hopes is being considered for a cross walk. He said the area is on the west end of the Main Street Bridge where there is a lot of foot traffic.
City Clerk Mary Benton said the reason there is no cross walk on the west end of the bridge is the lack of an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) access in that area. Bockelman noted the presence of a ramp on the south side and said the curb on the north side has been cut. He said he thinks there should be a crosswalk just because of the number of people using that route.
Mayor Leo Marshall has spoken to Public Works Superintendent Harry Shanafelt about that specific site and learned that to work in that area will require extra flagging personnel due to the lack of extra lanes for traffic diversion while the work is in progress. Nevertheless, Marshall quoted Shanafelt as saying the project is on the city’s work agenda. Councilman Fred Waidely said the state did paint a crosswalk at the site when it was working on the bridge. It has since faded and Marshall will look into cleaning or painting.
Marshall said he was pleased to see the new crosswalk at the southeast corner of the Post Office. He said there are several wheelchair accessible curbs on surrounding blocks which meet ADA requirements for the crosswalk’s location.
Councilman Ken Hill complimented Public Works crews on all the street patching work that has been done on Main Street, VanDreff and in some of the alleyways. He said the streets are looking good.
Councilman Russ Chinske expressed excitement over how many activities are scheduled for this year’s Salmon River Days. He said it is all because of a lot of people coming together. He wished everyone involved a glitch free 4th of July celebration.
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