Saturday, May 18, 2013

Mountain Express: Scenic Trail Funding To Be Put Before Wood River Voters

Posted By on Sat, May 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM

This coming Tuesday, May 21, voters across Idaho will be choosing whether to keep or replace representatives on school boards, highway districts and, in Boise, representation on the Greater Boise Auditorium District.

And in Blaine County voters will be deciding whether to approve a $3.5 million levy to repair the Wood River Trail bike path. The Idaho Mountain Express reports that the two-year levy—which would equal about $21 a year on $100,000 of taxable property value—would fund a reconstruction of the 20-mile trail from Hulen Meadows north of Ketchum to Gannett Road south of Bellevue.

“The bike path, in my mind, is probably the best, if not one of the best, assets of the Wood River Valley,” said Hailey Mayor Fritz Haemmerle, according to the Mountain Express. “It’s probably one of the best bike paths I have ever seen in my life. It is worthy of public support.”

But the trail, which was last surfaced in 1988, suffers from severe cracking and root protrusions.

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