New stoplights slated for Snyderville
Summit County Engineer Derrick Radke said a Heber man recently called and berated government officials for not having a stoplight at the U.S. 40/State Road 248 interchange.
"We’re trying to accommodate them," Radke said.
The Utah Department of Transportation is slated this summer to install three new stoplights in the Snyderville Basin two at Quinn’s Junction and another where Cutter Lane meets State Road 224 near Ranch Place.
"It’s been in the works for probably nine months or so," Summit County Engineer Derrick Radke said. "I think it’s going to make the corridors safer."
Summit County commissioners agreed Wednesday to fund power to illuminate the intersections with eight new streetlights. "UDOT’s policy is that they pay for the power to operate the signal they like for the counties to pay for the power for streetlights," Radke said, expecting a roughly $200 monthly power bill for the lights.
Contractors are preparing to bid on the projects. Radke expects construction to take roughly six weeks.
With traffic volumes increasing at the two intersections, UDOT agreed to fund much of the project after reviewing the history of traffic accidents in the area, UDOT spokeswoman Bethany Eller said.
According to Eller, Summit County agreed to contribute $150,000 to the $700,000 project.
"It’s a way to control traffic coming from both directions and slows traffic down in some of those key areas," Eller said.
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