Pedestrian passage requested for Jeremy Ranch area
County is considering Jeremy area improvements
June 13, 2017
Nearly four years ago, Jeremy Ranch resident Jennifer Terry created a page on Facebook to raise awareness about Summit County's plans to redesign the interchange at the entrance of her neighborhood.
At the time, Terry's daughters were students at Jeremy Ranch Elementary School and often rode their bikes to class. When Terry heard the county planned to construct a roundabout at the site to relieve the stress at the intersections, she said she thought to herself, "Wow, improve traffic flow? Those are some scary words."
"I thought that Park City was a proponent of bike trails, interconnectivity and alternative modes of transportation," Terry said. "If they are going to totally reconfigure the interchange do they have any plans for alternative modes of transportation?
"The roundabouts will allow more speed and efficiency for cars. Now there will be no chance for my girls to ever walk or ride their bike to school," she said. "It will even be more dangerous."
Over the last several years, Terry has met with county officials and spoken at public meetings, urging them to consider including a pedestrian passage in the designs. Her Facebook page has amassed more than 540 followers, proving, she said, that the demand is there.
'The county provided a safe pedestrian passage section on Sept 23, 2015, and we were all very happy and thankful for the county to do this for our neighborhood," Terry said. "But the section under the underpass is short and does not address the issue of safely crossing both freeway on and off ramps and to both frontage roads on each side. I am asking the county and UDOT to provide safe passage all the way across the interchange."
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Today, Wednesday, June 14, County Council members are scheduled to discuss the Jeremy Area Transportation plan, which outlines improvements for the Jeremy Ranch interchange, Ecker view area and the Cline Dahle parcel during the council meeting. The item is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at the Sheldon Richins Building.
The second project listed under the plan includes the construction of roundabouts at the entrance of Jeremy Ranch and Pinebrook. The Utah Department of Transportation commissioned a study with the county that revealed the roundabouts were the preferred design to mitigate traffic and handle growth.
The project is estimated to cost $3.1 million. It incorporates pedestrian and bicycle access improvements, additional park-and-ride capacity, and a new pedestrian underpass, which is dependent on funding. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018.
Terry said she hopes the county is able to secure funding for an additional pedestrian passage. She cited development projects, such as Quarry Springs at the entrance of the Pinebrook neighborhood and the Woodward Park City action-sports camp proposed for Gorgoza Park, as additional reasons for needing a safe pedestrian passage in the area.
"Yes, it’s a lot to ask for and, yes, I understand that it costs a lot of money. But this redesign and construction is upon us right now," Terry said. "After the county’s final design is approved, the Park City public will no longer have a say in the redesign. It will be etched in stone. And it will be 35 years before we will have another chance to get pedestrian access in that area."