There may be an option in the Center Street controversy that could work for the city of Westmorland, the county government and the state.
The option calls for the city to redirect some $1 million in grant funds it is to receive from the state — money earmarked for the upgrade of Center — to the county to upgrade Baughman Road just south of the city where that roadway turns east toward Highway 86. The idea is truck traffic would head east on Baughman instead of going into the city from Forrester and onto Center Street.
Funds would go both toward the upgrade of Baughman and placing a traffic signal on Baughman where it meets Highway 86 to ensure vehicles can safely turn onto the highway.
This appears to be an idea that both the city and the county can support. Two City Council members recently met with two county supervisors, other county staffers and state Department of Transportation officials. All, according to reports from the city and the county, have given support, at least in concept, to the idea.