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Road Work Ahead

TWIN FALLS — The roadway has started to fail where Pole Line Road curves into Eastland Drive North. On Monday, the City Council will consider awarding a contract to get it fixed.

As bid, the project would go from Pole Line Road west of Mountain View Drive to Eastland Drive North south of Bitterroot Drive, stopping before Falls Avenue East. The contractor would do essentially a full reconstruction of the road, but it would reuse — and add cement to — the base layer materials, Twin Falls Public Works Director Jon Caton said.

While it’ll make the road safe for another 20 years, Twin Falls drivers could see delays along the major section of roadway all the way through the spring and summer.

“That sub-base has failed in some locations,” Caton said.

Reusing the base layer materials saves about 30 percent of the project compared to a traditional reconstruction, where the contractor would remove and replace the entire roadway, he said.

Twin Falls had anticipated this project before, but the harsh winter of 2016-2017 accelerated the need for it, Caton said. But contractors ran out of time to get the work done last summer.

This year, the city decided to greatly expand the project from the original plan.

“This type of construction is always better if you can do a little bit more, because of bulk purchasing,” Caton said.

Kloepfer Inc. submitted a low bid of just under $2 million — about 4 percent lower than the engineer’s estimate. If approved, utility work could begin in late February or early March, with construction in full swing by April, Caton said. The whole project likely wouldn’t be complete until August.

“Generally speaking, we plan to build it a half at a time,” he said. “We’re going to maintain traffic.”

Drivers can expect flaggers at times.

The reconstruction will be paid for using $1.2 million of emergency road funds granted by the state. The rest would be covered by the city’s street fund reserves.

This section of Pole Line Road and Eastland Drive North varies in width from five lanes to two lanes, Caton said. The city hopes that conversations with nearby landowners will result in the project becoming five lanes for the entire width — having two lanes in each direction, plus a center turn lane.

The City Council considers offering Koepfer the contract at its next meeting, which starts at 5 p.m. Monday in City Council Chambers, 203 Main Ave. E.

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The Council will also hear an update from planning and zoning staff who have been working to amend the city’s Title 10 — zoning and subdivision regulations. Some code revisions have already been authorized, including wording to encourage xeriscaping, Senior Planner Jonathan Spendlove said.

But with a number of revisions to Title 10, staff is coming to the City Council to ask for more authorization.

“The discussion we’re going to have with the Council is, ‘Do we look at potentially rewriting the entirety of Title 10?’” Spendlove said.

Proposed changes are drafted only, and would still have to come up for approval later.

Also at the meeting, the Council will:

  • Swear in Twin Falls Police Officer Chelsea Akers.
  • Present operator license certificates to Dustin Peterson, Masyn Malmstrom and Brent Sanders.
  • Hear an update on the Twin Falls Urban Renewal Agency’s Main Avenue redevelopment project.
  • Hear an update from Twin Falls Fire Capt. Corey Beam and driver/operator Jesse Bowman on future fire stations and remodel projects.
  • Consider authorizing the mayor to execute a state local agreement to improve pedestrian safety at the intersection of Washington Street North and Caswell Avenue. Over the past five years, there has been one crash involving a pedestrian crossing Washington Street, and four rear-end crashes caused by vehicles attempting to stop for pedestrians waiting to cross Washington Street.
  • Have a public hearing for a request by the College of Southern Idaho to amend its development agreement in order to allow residence halls and rooming houses and raise the maximum building height to 50 feet at 315 Falls Ave.
  • Have public hearings for requests from Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza owner Ryan Bybee, who wants zoning changes, and to vacate an easement, at the southeast corner of Canyon Falls Road and Harrison Street.
  • Have a public hearing on a request for a zoning title amendment that will allow wedding chapels and event centers to exist with a special use permit in portions of the area of impact.
  • Adjourn into executive session for the purposes of considering the evaluation, dismissal or disciplining of — or to hear complaints or charges brought against — a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent or public school district.
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