South Hills Middle School

South Hills Middle School employees gather in the new building in July 2017. The school opens in August to its first group of students.


TWIN FALLS — The city will decide Monday whether to reduce speeds on a busy road near South Hills Middle School.

City staff have proposed lowering the 45 mile-per-hour speed limit on 3600 North to 35 miles per hour between Washington Street South and Blue Lakes Boulevard South. The road lies just south of the new middle school, which is set to open to students this month.

In addition to this reduction, the Twin Falls School District has asked that speeds be further reduced to 20 miles per hour — using flashing lights — in the area by the school. The lights would activate the school zone in the morning and afternoon when students are returning to or leaving school.

“People are much more likely to comply when you have that type of system in place,” Superintendent Brady Dickenson said.

It’s similar to what’s been done at the Lincoln and Bickel elementary schools, he said.

The school district partnered with the city’s Traffic Safety Commission and the Twin Falls Highway District to come up with the plan. Also on 3600 North, a school crossing will be made for students wishing to walk who live on the south side of the road.

“Anyone who lives on the south side of 3600 will qualify for the safety busing,” Dickenson said.

The 20 mile-per-hour limits usually take effect for several hours a day, beginning at a half-hour before school starts and a half-hour before school gets out. They are also planned to go in on Harrison Street by the school.

The City Council will vote on the speed limit reduction for 3600 North at its meeting Monday. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 305 Third Ave. E.

Also at the meeting, the Council will:

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Consider a request to approve accepting a $3.5 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration for the Joslin Field Taxiway A Project.

Consider a request from Twin Falls County to accept a property transfer of a lot in the Castlewood subdivision containing a stormwater retention area. There is no immediate cost to the city, but the parks department would have to maintain the property.

Hear a presentation on the city manager’s recommended budget for the 2018 fiscal year. The council will also hear about the city’s wellness program, and the Employee Recognition Committee will present value awards to employees.

Have a public hearing on a request by Rex Lytle on behalf of REEL LLC to vacate undeveloped right of way along the 100 block of Morningside Drive.


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