Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Why not put utilities underground?

    I live in the neighborhood on state Highway 75 just south of the hospital where they have recently begun construction to expand about three miles of highway to four lanes.
    I understand the need to improve traffic flows in this area, but I will miss the rural aspect of a smaller road to enter the Ketchum/Sun Valley area. What I don’t understand is why the county is not taking advantage of this major construction project to put all of the utilities underground. Over the past month, I have seen the construction project to string a new line of utility poles and wires necessary for the widening of the highway.  Was there ever any consideration given to undergrounding these utilities while the highway was completely torn up? Perhaps it would cost a little more, but this is an important scenic corridor entering Ketchum and I think we have missed a great opportunity to improve it.
David Woodward

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