3 congested roads identified
May 20, 2008
Among the roadways in Summit County that need the most attention are Landmark Drive, State Road 224 at Kimball Junction and State Road 248 between U.S. 40 and the Olympic Welcome Plaza in Park City.
Since April 2006, $10 has been collected from people who register cars in Summit County to help fund the acquisition of rights-of-way for new roads. About $800,000 has been collected so far.
Updating S.R. 248 to hold more traffic in Park City is one of City Hall’s top priorities.
"It is a very constrained roadway," said Kevin Callahan, administrator for Summit County Public Works.
But about $1 million is necessary to obtain rights-of-way so work on S.R. 248 can begin, Deputy Park City Public Works Director Kent Cashel said.
"In the next couple of years, it’s going to become untenable." Cashel said about the road in a meeting of the Summit County Council of Governments last week. "We have a critical need and we want to get busy working on that."
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Officials have also discussed using the corridor funds to improve portions of State Road 32 between Kamas and Wanship.
"You can only acquire the property through a friendly agreement with a property owner," Callahan said about the program.
He expects the corridor fund to generate more than $1.6 million by June 2010.