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Boulevard extension gets green light from voters

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Kayla Bunge
April 2, 2008
— Voters who are tired of having to circumvent their shopping destinations approved a half-mile extension of Edwards Boulevard.

The extension would increase safety and ease traffic on Highway 12 while making travel through the city easier, city officials said.


“It’s certainly going to be an improvement for the city,” said City Administrator Dennis Jordan.


He said enough voters must have recalled their experiences driving in the area of the new Target and Best Buy that approving the extension was a logical decision.


The city will spend $2.9 million to extend Edwards Boulevard north from Highway 50 to Sheridan Springs Road.


RYAN Companies, developer of the Target and Best Buy stores, has committed $600,000 toward the project. Another $750,000 will come from special assessments to property owners along the road.


The remainder would be funded by the city’s tax incremental finance district, Jordan said.


The city must now review its plans and prepare to seek construction bids for the project. The extension could be complete before next year’s busy summer tourism season.


“We have a lot of work to do,” Jordan said.



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