The Idaho Transportation department will be seeking public comment on proposed road improvements for the Wood River Valley corridor of state Highway 75 between Elkhorn Road and River Street. The plan will be finalized before 2022, a recent ITD report states.

The department’s initial focus area will be on the highway section from the bridge near St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center to River Street, with plans to rebuild the Trail Creek bridge near the gateway to town. A new roundabout at the intersection of Serenade Lane is also possible.

“The projects are currently scheduled for 2025 and 2027, respectively, but our hope is that if we complete the planning and make them ‘shovel ready,’ then funding may come in earlier,” Ketchum Mayor Neil Bradshaw wrote in a Jan. 16 newsletter.

According to the ITD’s 2008 record of decision, next steps for the project include updating environmental-impact and traffic projections, documenting current corridor conditions and developing preliminary design plans for the Trail Creek bridge and the road. Specific improvements detailed in the plan would result in two 11-foot lanes in each direction for the highway between Elkhorn Road and Serenade Lane, and one 11-foot lane in each direction with a 12-foot center median and sidewalk for the highway between Serenade Lane and River Street. The Trail Creek bridge would be reconstructed to accommodate four lanes but striped for three lanes, the ITD report stated.

Public feedback will be taken until 2022.

“ITD will reach out to the public for input on the proposed improvements throughout the project. Opportunities for participation include community working groups, public meetings and stakeholder interviews,” the report stated.

For more information about the project, call 208-886-7806 or email jessica.williams@itd.idaho.gov.

Email the writer: ejones@mtexpress.com

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