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STREETS & HIGHWAYS 8-6-14 LMS

In a July presentation to the Salmon City Council, City/County 911 Street and Address Coordinator Polly Anderson and Lemhi County Emergency Services Director Janet Nelson explained location problems being encountered by emergency response personnel due to some duplicate street names, streets that start and stop then resume elsewhere and names placed on alleyways.

Since then a multi-page list of all the streets that need to be more clearly identified along with their general location and access points has been developed and submitted to the city.

At the August 6 council meeting members expressed a need to study the material more thoroughly perhaps by way of workshops. The general consensus was that due to the scope of name changes proposed a lot more time needs to be devoted to the subject before any conclusions are reached. It was decided the topic will be tabled until after the city’s proposed Development Plan process is completed.

Due to the feeling of urgency to complete the plan, the council has scheduled two Development Code work sessions for this month. The first one will be on August 19 and the second on August 21. Both will take place in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room from 5 until 7PM.

The posted rate of speed past the Sacajawea Center, City Park and roadside businesses along State Highway 28 has long been a matter of contention between the city and the state. City officials feel the 45 and 55 mile per hour speed limit in that area is not safe in view of the amount of vehicular and pedestrian traffic in that area.

Councilman Jim Bockelman thinks the speed limit issue could be resolved simply by asking the state to move each of the progressive 35 to 45 to 55 mile per hour signs a quarter of a mile to the east. In that way the request would not be to lower the speed limit, just to move the signs.

Councilman Fred Waidely commented that the traffic velocity study which led the state to decree the current speed limits was done in the month of November not in the midst of summertime ball games, center visitors, commercial business and tourist traffic. He said that earlier this year he requested a Summer traffic study be done. He said he has also told the state about the issue of there being no specific designated access areas such as intersections. It is just a long, constant stretch of ingress and egress at will.

Councilman Rob Jackson owns a business in the 45 mph section of Highway 28 across from City Park. He said he has had to stop traffic at times to help motorhome or truck/trailer customers enter the highway safely. He estimated that approximately once a week a driver will fly by at 70 miles per hour. Councilman Ken Hill said the city’s Public Safety Team along with the mayor, sent a letter to the State Highway Department about three months ago requesting a new study be conducted.

City Grants/Community Development Project Coordinator Mary Cerise is in communication with the highway department on a regular basis. She pointed out the state is devoted to following its certain processes and procedures and that of course Highway 28 is under the state’s jurisdiction.

She said a traffic study was conducted near City Park recently and she will contact Highway Department officials in Boise to check on the process status.


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