New UDOT projects start soon
According to Tim Rose, regional deputy director for the Utah Department of Transportation, about half a dozen road projects have started or will start this year to improve transportation in various parts of Summit County.
As previously reported safety barriers will be added along sections of I-80 and bridge replacements are underway at Summit Park, Silver Creek and Echo.
As outlined to the Council of Governments on Wednesday, old concrete barriers will be replaced along S.R. 248 east of U.S. 40 for $700,000. Pavement will be improved on S.R. 32 from Kamas to Peoa for $9.5 million. The shoulder will also be widened. Pavement will be improved along S.R. 248 from the intersection with U.S. 40 to South Summit High School for $5.5 million. Pavement will be improved and curbs and gutters improved from Rockcliff to the South Summit High School for $1 million. A train trestle will be renovated for use as a trail at Echo for $300,000.
Rec. Board approves projects
The Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District Board approved the revised plan for the Highland Drive Trail on Thursday. The revised plan calls for a clearing of rocks, shrubs and obstacles on the shoulder of the trail so residents can ride horses or run on the dirt if they wish. A design still needs to be created before the project can be bid out.
The Board also approved a bid from Lydon Johnson Construction for $1.16 million to build the pedestrian tunnel beneath S.R. 224 near Redstone Village. The construction schedule will be approved next Thursday and work will be done this summer. Lanes will be shifted, but according to District spokesperson Bonnie Park, the work under the road should be completed in a single weekend.
Working on a brand
The Summit County Council is in the middle of polishing its mission statement and master plan. In addition to obvious goals like creating effective growth strategies, pushing a unification of the East Side and West Side and improving the county’s relationship with the state legislature, a list of goals also included "branding" the county and its products.
The County Council is proud of its Summit County Beef program and would like to promote similar programs for other products made in the county as well as "branding" the county as a whole.
Summit Co. now idle free
The Summit County Council approved a resolution Wednesday making the county an idle-free zone. Automobiles with idling engines wastes fuel, damages engine parts and, most importantly, unnecessarily pollutes the air, said Ashley Koehler, county sustainability coordinator.
The County Council had the option of approving an ordinance, which could include enforcement provisions, but chose to delay that move until possibly next year.
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