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ITD officials took public comment in Hailey last week on when to work on Main Street in 2021.

About 40 people showed up for a public comment workshop at the Community Campus in Hailey last Thursday to review plans by the Idaho Transportation Department to rebuild Main Street in the city.

Hailey’s Main Street, which is also state Highway 75, will get an upgrade in the summer of 2021, from Fox Acres Road to Roberta McKercher Boulevard. ITD representatives started outreach and gathered public comment last week to begin planning a construction schedule.

ITD Public Information Specialist Jessica Williams said a primary question posed to Main Street business owners and others during the workshop was whether or not to run street construction crews at night, or only during the day.

“We’ve had positive responses from both sides,” said Williams.

Williams said night work would allow more travel lanes to be open for traffic during the day, but would create noise and lighting impacts at night.

“Night work would allow the project to proceed faster, but not months ahead of schedule,” she said.

Comments will be provided to the Hailey City Council for review in November, with a construction plan to be finalized in December.

If night work scheduling is preferred, the city will need to relax its construction ordinance temporarily to facilitate it, Williams said.

In the spring of 2021, street crews would begin work on Americans with Disabilities Act ramps, with street reconstruction taking place after the Fourth of July parade.

“Hearing from the public now will help us develop a solid plan for construction,” says ITD Project Manager Steve Hunter.

Email the writer: tevans@mtexpress.com

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