A Walk During Construction


By Joey Martin

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) As the temperatures rise and the days are longer...

More people are using the canyon springs grade for their daily workout.

But there is a major construction project underway at the twin falls wastewater treatment plant.

So, how have locals been dealing with the influx of large trucks and machinery taking up huge portions of the roadway?

Construction is set to be on going until next summer.

With hundreds of pedestrians using the canyon springs grade on a daily basis, is it really a problem?

As construction continues on the 38 million dollar upgrades to the twin falls waste water plant.

Nearly 20 to 30 large construction trucks are making their way up and down the canyon springs grade every day.

But, the grade isn't completely shut off to pedestrians.

"So we're not closing the Canyon Spring Grade at all... as of yet. So citizens are welcomed to walk or run or cycle that grade."
Said Josh Palmer, City of Twin Falls.
According to city of twin falls officials...
The only areas that are closed to the public is the auger falls recreation area.

It's closed Mondays through Fridays from 8 am to 530 pm.

But is open all day Saturdays and Sundays.

As for those using the grade, how has the construction traffic actually been so far?

"I think they've really done a good job because... I mean the trucks move over, they give me lots of space and they'll wave at me. It needs to get done and its summer time and this is the best time to do it."
Said Grade Runner, Kailey Hoskins.

"I haven't noticed a problem. My daughter has done a lot of golfing this spring down in the canyon, so I've been up and down in the car. Even if the trucks are around they seem to be aware of what going on with the walkers.”
Said Runner, Paula VanderStelt.

For most of the pedestrians using the grade.

The construction seems to be a necessary evil for the city of Twin Falls' future.

"Absolutely... and it needs to get done and this is the perfect time."
Said runner, Allison Hamilton.

"We will have trucks using this road... the Canyon Springs Grade and we really urge citizens to use caution when those trucks begin maneuvering the Canyon Springs Grade."
Said Palmer.

A ballet of large trucks and runners feet... Working together to help improve the area.

The number of trucks using canyon springs grade will increase over the summer.

The entire project is set to be completed in the summer of 2015... Possibly in early 2016.

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