Ketchum City Council approves final bid for Sun Valley Road rehab project

“I don’t think you ever regret spending money on a good infrastructure”
Final bid for Sun Valley Road approved
Published: Apr. 5, 2022 at 11:16 AM MDT
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KETCHUM, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — The final bid for Ketchum’s portion of the Sun Valley Road rehabilitation project has been approved by the City Council.

Ketchum’s Capital Improvement Plan initially budgeted just over $1 million for the project, but city officials now estimate the full rebuild of the roadway, along with pedestrian improvements, will cost over $1.5 million more than the previously budgeted amount.

Roughly $376,000 of this additional cost will be paid through a partnership between the City Council and the Urban Renewal Agency, which will fund half of the pedestrian improvements.

Multiple avenues for funding the additional cost of the project were discussed during Monday’s City Council meeting, including tapping into the city’s Local Option Tax (LOT) fund, which currently has enough money to pay for the project.

“I don’t think you ever regret spending money on a good infrastructure, and that’s one of the core deliverables for a town and a city,” said Ketchum Mayor Neil Bradshaw during the City Council meeting. “Are costs coming in higher than we anticipated? Yeah, and I think that’s a story we’re going to see continue.”

In accordance with the city’s construction contracts, all pedestrian elements in Ketchum must be completed by July 4. Roadway construction must be done by the start of the city’s Wagon Days celebration on Sept. 2.

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