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Govt Way Work To Start Monday

Via Coeur d'Alene Police Department Twitter: "The Cities of Dalton Gardens and Coeur d'Alene are preparing to break ground on the Government Way, Dalton to Hanley Project. The selected contractor is expected to start work on the first phase of this project on Monday. The first phase includes installing a sewer main in:

  • Government Way between Dalton Ave and Hanley Ave
  • Dalton Avenue east of Government Way about half a block
  • Hanley Avenue east of Government Way about half a block

Although two-way traffic will be maintained on Government Way, traffic may experience delays and at times will be diverted to a gravel shoulder. Sewer installation on Dalton and Hanley Avenues will require one-way traffic with flaggers. Following installation of the sewer main, the roadway will be reconstructed to create a five-lane roadway with sidewalks on both sides. During this time additional water and storm sewer utilities will be installed. Anticipated Schedule: Start of sewer work — Monday, March 5; end sewer work — April 30; start roadway reconstruction — May 1; and end of construction — September.

Thoughts?

Jamie: Government Way Is A Nightmare

Saw going out of business sign and the other yesterday while out riding. I agree with everyone except the comment on the Mom and Pop stores. If they are running their business correctly and have quality products that people “need” and innovative ways to keep current customers and grab new ones they will be fine. I think, besides carrying products that people don’t really need, is location, location, location. Government Way is a nightmare on a good day. I would ask the question:

Question: How many people shop at any of the stores along Government Way from Dalton Avenue, north to the Mall?

Edit: Hayden Corridor Source Of Pride

I agree with the editorial in the Coeur d’Alene Press today in which the writer (M.E. Mike Patrick) remarks that the $4.5 million upgrade to Hayden’s portion of Government Way is a source of pride — whether or not it triggers economic revival. Quoth Patrick: ” … We would like to point out that despite the hefty investment, there isn’t a better property-tax bargain around. Government Way in Hayden is only a snapshot; the overall property-tax situation for all Hayden residents is the bigger picture.” I disagree, however, with the editorial premise that the jury is still out re: whether the corridor has had an economic impact. Not only does Hayden now have an identifiable center of town now, but it also has new, attractive business buildings lining the corridor, including the retrofitted City Hall. You can read the editorial here.

Question: Was the $4.5 million upgrade to Hayden’s part of Government Way worth it?