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Easland Drive rehabilitation project

This aerial map provided by the city of Twin Falls shows the scope of the rehabilitation project taking place along Eastland Drive North and Pole Line Road this year.

TWIN FALLS — A major rehabilitation project along Eastland Drive North and Pole Line Road is slated to begin this month — and it’ll continue throughout the spring and summer.

The City Council had previously approved the project that’ll rehabilitate Eastland Drive just north of Falls Avenue to Mountain View Drive on Pole Line Road. The construction will be paid for largely with a state grant because of the failing roadway. It should be complete by August.

But now, city staff have obtained agreements with developers and hope to get the go-ahead to make Eastland Drive a full five lanes from Falls Avenue to Pole Line Road. The City Council will consider the request at its meeting Tuesday.

“City staff did some research and recognized that only two parcels prevented the City from making Eastland Dr. a full five-land roadway from Falls to Pole Line,” the staff report said. “… Both the Twin Falls Rural Fire District and Amazing Grace Fellowship Inc. are willing to donate right-of-way to the public if the City is willing to build improvements.”

Normally, Twin Falls doesn’t pay for these types of road improvements but leaves it up to developers when the parcel becomes developed. But doing the work during the rehabilitation will save money and time — while increasing the capacity along Eastland Drive North.

While the rehabilitation is underway, drivers should expect significant delays, and at times, flaggers.

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The City Council did not meet on Monday as usual this week because of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Its meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday at City Council Chambers, 203 Main Ave. E.

Also at the meeting, the Twin Falls Police Department and Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office are asking the city for funds to purchase technology for their Special Investigations Unit. The unit investigates people who commit violent crimes through criminal organizations or gangs in the city and the county.

The Council will also consider:

  • Approving the guaranteed maximum price for construction of the Commons Plaza.
  • Adjourning to executive session for the purpose of considering hiring a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent, wherein the respective qualities of individuals are to be evaluated in order to fill a particular vacancy or need.

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