By Lucy Dukes
Bonner County Daily Bee
PONDERAY The Ponderay Community Development Corporation
board has decided to ask city officials to make transportation
planning a part of the city's comprehensive plan.
A connector road to improve traffic circulation at the south
end of the business triangle will be part of the requested
PCDC is also willing to work with the city to form that plan,
said board president Steve Brooks.
"The Ponderay Community Development Corporation absolutely
is going to support it," said member Susan Kiebert, who
presented the idea to the PCDC board on last week.
"We really need this (connector) road. We needed it
five years ago," she said.
PCDC as a group will discuss the idea of a transportation
plan at the next full meeting, scheduled for Thursday next
week at noon in the old On Cue spot in Bonner Mall.
The group will also be coming forward with a more definitive
connector road proposal for the city at a later date.
PCDC wants to help in infrastructure development, said Brooks.
The group wants the city to look at the far-reaching effects
of road enhancements.
"I am supportive of a transportation plan," said
Mayor Jessie DeMers.
The city has marked down the roads it needs, she said, but
needs to look at transportation planning.
PCDC took the lead in pushing for the connector road in February,
after business owners requested and it become a priority for
Expansion of Highway 95, set to begin soon, will prevent
left turns from Tibbetts Road. Tibbetts Road accesses businesses
on both Tibbetts and Fontaine Drive at the south end of Ponderay's
The south triangle commercial area, whose boundaries are
drawn by Highway 95, State Highway 200 and Kootenai Cutoff
Road, had historically been accessed by the former Diamond
That crossing, which closed in October 2000, was located
at the south end of Fontaine Drive. After the crossing closed,
traffic access to Tibbetts Road and Fontaine at Bonner Mall
Way became limited.
DeMers is attempting to get the crossing reopened until a
connector road can be built. She has written letters to various
officials at Union Pacific Railroad asking them for the crossing
to be temporarily reopened.
"To me, it was worth the stamp and paper to try,"