Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Twin Falls Officials: Improvements to Snake River Jump Site Could Top $2 Million

Posted By on Tue, Dec 24, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Big Ed Beckley
  • "Big" Ed Beckley

Officials in Twin Falls say improvements to the south side of the Snake River Canyon could mount to as much as $2 million in preparation for next year's proposed daredevil jump over the canyon.

This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that city staff estimates that paved roads and new trails would be a costly venture and they want to negotiate with daredevil "Big" Ed Beckley about "what items each side would be willing to fund."

The Twin Falls City Council voted Nov. 25 to select Beckley as "their preferred applicant" to move forward with his negotiation with the city to use the south side of the Snake River Canyon in his proposed September 2014 jump across the span.

The council voted 6-1 in favor of Beckley, with only Councilman Shawn Barigar dissenting. City officials indicated that it may take up to two months to negotiate a permit with Beckley, who has already paid nearly $1 million to the state of Idaho to use the north side of the canyon as an apparent landing site.

Boise Weekly sat down with "Big" Ed in late November to talk about his big adventures and his growing anxiety to get going with the design of the vehicle that might propel his big frame across the Snake.

"My engineers and designers are all waiting; but not patiently," Beckley told BW. "Let's say that the city of Twin Falls said 'OK' tomorrow. It would still be another 60 to 90 days before my builders turned their first bolt."

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