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Opponents: Trade Sandpoint Bypass For Tunnel

The Sandpoint Public Works Committee has unanimously agreed to hold a special meeting this fall to discuss digging a 2,250-foot tunnel for U.S. 95 beneath the town. The tunnel is an alternative to a proposal to route the highway around the town, which some say is dangerous and will harm downtown Sandpoint’s waterfront ambiance. Both projects are intended to relieve traffic congestion. “Most of (the tunnel) is hidden from sight and that’s the beauty of it,” Steve Potter, a member of Citizens for the Sandpoint Tunnel, recently told the city’s Public Works Committee.

For the rest of the Associated Press story, click here.

Question: With recent cutbacks in regular Idaho road projects and decades of talk about the Sandpoint bypass to date, is this worth discussing?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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