After the local TV newsies ran a press release from the Ada County Highway District about clearing snow for the Race to Robie Creek, the GUARDIAN got a couple of inquiries questioning the propriety of plowing the road for the event.
ACHD maintains they remove snow on the road each spring and are just doing it a bit early this year to help out with the race because the Aldape Summit area is choked with snow.
When we chided them about doing work in Boise County with ACHD resources, we were assured it is “less than one quarter mile of road outside ada county.” Then we got a story about erosion control, that somehow it is safer and better for the road to have the snow removed in lieu of a natural slow melt off. Also, Boise County supposedly does a “pay back” by grading the roadway.
We were referred to Boise County’s road department where the top dog Bill Jones told us, “It is all for the race. After the snow is removed by Ada County we go in and run a blade over it to smooth things out.” He added Boise County probably wouldn’t do anything on their own given the cost of the project.
ACHD provided us with images of the snow clearing effort taken Tuesday and report that at least four pieces of heavy equipment (probably with at least 6 workers) will spend “a couple days” clearing the path for runners. They entered the area via Highway 21 some 25 plus miles from Boise.
The GUARDIAN has admittedly not visited the area, but the county line is at the top of the ridge and experience tells us there is always a bunch of snow on the Boise County side in the pines and on the higher elevation of the Robie Creek Road.
We were unable to determine if the ACHD board of commissioners authorized the use of the equipment for the project or the actual cost. The GUARDIAN estimates the cost is well in excess of $8,000 if nothing needs to be repaired.
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