IFFD’s Blazing a Trail to Literacy campaign kicks off Tuesday

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho: Emergency vehicles will be stationed at elementary schools across the city Tuesday, reminding motorists to slow down on the first day back to school.

The effort is part of the Idaho Falls Fire Department’s participation in the Blazing A Trail to Literacy campaign, a public service effort adopted by firefighters across the nation that encourages elementary school students to read.

Members of the IFFD have participated in Blazing a Trail to Literacy for seven years. In addition to the School Zone Program at the start of every school year, the local firefighters also read to students in their schools and sponsor a contest in which the most prolific readers are rewarded with a fire-engine ride to school.

On Tuesday, fire engines and ambulances will be parked outside of 11 elementary schools in School District 91, all except Longfellow Elementary, which is opening a week late to allow construction crews to finish site work around the new facility.

The goal is to remind motorists of school zones and the increase in pedestrian traffic as students return to school.

“We want to remind people to slow down,” IFFD Capt. Jeff Parsons said.

Mayor Rebecca Casper agreed.

“Nothing is more important than a child’s safety,” she said. “After a long summer, we hope to help local drivers get back in the habit of slowing down for the school kids.”

For more information about the campaign, contact Capt. Parsons at (208) 589-7239.

D Street underpass remains a reduced height structure

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho: In light of the grand opening of the D Street underpass, City officials would like to remind motorists that height restrictions are in place.

Vehicle clearance is limited to 12 feet, as is indicated with signage on both sides of the structure.

That’s an increase of 6 inches from the previous design, but it remains a reduced height structure.

This reminder was prompted by an incident that occurred Thursday morning when an eastbound semi-trailer collided with the span shortly after the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new underpass.

The road was temporarily closed while an engineering assessment of the underpass was conducted. The road was reopened after the structure was deemed safe.

Construction on the underpass began in March 2013, more than a century after the original structure was built. In addition to raising the clearance, the underpass was expanded from two lanes to three, two of which accommodate westbound traffic. Storm drainage was also upgraded as were pedestrian crossings at the underpass and at B Street.

Emergency Alert Testing Scheduled for Tomorrow

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho: Bonneville County Emergency Management will be conducting a test of the emergency alert system sirens throughout Idaho Falls and Ammon on Wednesday, Aug 27 at 10 a.m. Each siren will sound for no longer than 30 seconds.

This is ONLY a test. There is no need to call emergency services with this activation. In the event the emergency alert sirens are used in a real event, you should tune in to your local news source for information and instructions regarding the disaster and/or emergency that may be occurring.

The sirens are an outdoor warning system intended to prompt those who may not be near a radio, television or other news source during a real emergency to seek out the reason(s) for the siren activation.

For additional information contact Tom Lenderink, Director, Office of Emergency Management, Bonneville County Emergency Management at (208) 529-1223 or tlenderink@co.bonneville.id.us.

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About Idaho Falls:

Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone.

As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications. Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

Restoring the Connection to Downtown Idaho Falls

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho: The City of Idaho Falls is excited to announce the ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening of the D Street Underpass to be held on Thursday, Aug. 28 at 8:30 a.m.

Mayor Casper will kick off the ceremony with remarks also made by City Council President, Mike Lehto and Union Pacific Railroad Director of Public Affairs, Dan Harbeke. The Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce staff and Ambassadors will assist with the official ribbon cutting.

Following the ceremony, Targhee Regional Public Transportation Authority (TRPTA) will transport officials through the D Street Underpass to signify the inaugural passage and opening.

The ceremony will take place on the east side of the underpass. Parking for the ceremony will be in the parking lot on N. Eastern Avenue between Poplar Street and A Street, on the east side of the railroad tracks.

Construction on the D Street Underpass began in March 2013. The road between Yellowstone and Eastern Avenue has been closed to traffic since that time. The original project completion date was June 2014 but was pushed to August after an unexpected derailment outside of the area in March 2014 took Union Pacific Railroad crews off the project.

Additional Information:

  • Original underpass built in 1910
  • Structural analysis completed in 2008
  • Design work began in July 2009
  • Project awarded to Cannon Builders out of Blackfoot, ID in July 2012
  • Railroad agreements finalized in December 2012
  • Improvements:

o   Structure clearance height increased from 11’6” to 12’ but remains a reduced height structure

o   Three traffic lanes provided at intersection of D Street & Yellowstone Avenue

o   Storm drainage system upgraded

o   Railroad pedestrian crossing improved at B Street

o   Pedestrian accommodation upgraded at the underpass

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About Idaho Falls: Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications. Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

Motorists Encouraged to Avoid Constitution Way Next Week

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho:  The entire stretch of Constitution Way, from the Bonneville County Courthouse on Capital Avenue to Yellowstone Highway, will be affected next week as Idaho Falls Power (IFP) completes the work on the power pole replacement project.

IFP began work on this project on July 28. The work called for the removal of 13 deteriorating light poles, the addition of three new street lights and the replacement of old equipment on a handful of other poles.

The final phase of the project will begin on Monday, Aug. 25 with a total project completion time of 3-4 days.

No power outages are expected, but parking and traffic along Constitution Way will likely be impacted during the project.

The new lighting will feature LED bulbs, which use a fraction of the energy and last much longer than the existing high-pressure sodium bulbs.

Property owners will be notified by mail, and signs will be erected alerting motorists to delays or detours.

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About Idaho Falls:  Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

Signal Work to Affect Traffic at 12th Street & Woodruff

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho:  Motorists are advised to avoid the intersection of 12th Street & Woodruff Avenue on Tuesday, Aug. 26 as Idaho Falls Power crews upgrade equipment at that intersection.

Four-way stop signs will be in place for the duration of the work, which is expected to take place from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

This routine maintenance project calls for replacing the traffic cabinet that provides power to the signal and the equipment that controls it. For the safety of the work crew, electricity will be cut to the traffic signal while they complete the upgrade. The most recent upgrade to the cabinet at this intersection took place 15 years ago.

Media note:  For additional information, contact Matt Evans, customer service supervisor, Idaho Falls Power at 612-8436.

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About Idaho Falls:  Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

Public Hearings for 2014-2015 Fiscal Year Budget & Fee Schedule

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho:  The public is invited to the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year Budget and Fee Schedule public hearings on Thursday, Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at the City Annex Building located at 680 Park Avenue in Idaho Falls.

For those who cannot attend the meeting, live video streaming and archiving will be available on the city’s website at www.idahofallsidaho.gov. The public is also invited to contact City Council members prior to the meeting for questions or concerns.

Contact information for City Council can be found on the city’s website at www.idahofallsidaho.gov by clicking on the City tab at the top or by calling the City Clerk’s office at (208) 612-8414.

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About Idaho Falls:  Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

Utah Avenue Closed Tomorrow

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho:  Utah Avenue will be closed between Pioneer Road and Pancheri Drive on Tuesday, Aug. 19 from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.  The construction crews will be doing grading and paving, and no through traffic will be permitted during this time.

All businesses will be accessible.  Motorists should use Capital Avenue or Skyline Drive to gain access around the construction area.

Renovation of the Utah Avenue roundabout began on July 7 and included the replacement and addition of new curb and sidewalk.

Additional construction information and links to maps can be found on the city’s website at www.idahofallsidaho.gov. For questions or more information, contact Construction Inspection Chief, Gary Olson at (208) 612-8265.

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About Idaho Falls:  Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

Construction on 1st Street Scheduled for Monday

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho: The Public Works Division will begin concrete replacement work on 1st Street beginning Monday, Aug. 18. The work includes the replacement of curbs, gutters and sidewalk corners at the intersections of 1st Street & Wabash, 1st Street & Marjacq, 1st Street & Fanning and 1st Street & Tabor.

Construction is anticipated to be complete on Friday, Aug 22. There should be minimal impacts on traffic. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and watch for equipment and workers.

For questions or more information, contact Construction Inspection Chief, Gary Olson at (208) 612-8265.

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About Idaho Falls:  Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

Construction Notice – South Tourist Park Closed

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho: HK Contractors will begin construction at South Tourist Park on Thursday, Aug. 7. The total duration of the project is approximately 30 days. The park will be closed for the first two weeks of the project and 2-3 days toward the end for paving.

Construction activities include installation of curb and gutter, a concrete approach and asphalt paving. The improvements will result in closure of the S. Yellowstone Hwy access into the park. Barring any unforeseen conditions, all local businesses will be accessible during construction.

Motorists are encouraged to use caution and watch for equipment and workers, follow all traffic signs and flaggers, and reduce speeds to posted limits.

For additional information, contact the City of Idaho Falls Construction Inspection Chief, Gary Olsen at (208) 612-8265.

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About Idaho Falls: Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications. Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

City of Idaho Falls Contact:
Kerry McCullough
Public Information Officer
Office: (208) 612-8122
kmccullough@idahofallsidaho.gov