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Summer Construction In The Canyon

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By Stephanie Mead

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Construction on the City of Twin Falls' waste water treatment plant is expected to take place this summer.

But what does that mean for businesses and even residents during the construction months?

During the summer months, lots of people use the Canyon Springs grade.

But, with construction taking place, it may hinder businesses economically.

30 to 40 larger construction trucks will take over the Canyon Springs grade this summer in an effort to expand the City's waste water treatment plant.

"It's one of those things that we needed to upgrade for some time, and also with more businesses coming into the area and the substantial residential growth, we really need to expand the capacity," explains Josh Palmer, City of Twin Falls.

During construction, roads will be impacted.

Although the expansion of the waste water treatment plant means economic growth for Twin Falls, what does that mean for businesses down at the bottom of the canyon?

“It does deter some people a little bit. I think it makes them a little less willing to make the quick trip down and play a bit of golf,” points out Brandon Ott, Golf Professional, Canyon Springs.

The Canyon Springs Golf Course is busy during the summertime.

With narrow roads and high truck traffic, people might be less willing to make that trip down.

"There will be hurdles to jump. It causes a problem to be honest, but I think we can get through it," Ott says.

For pedestrians using the Canyon Springs Grade to exercise, it's a similar story.

“That might deter a lot of the walkers because I know a lot of people walk and I, not often but sometimes, walk to the canyon,” says Karessa George, Twin Falls resident.

City staff is planning ahead now for the coming months.

They're expected to have completed the project by the spring of 2015.


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