Utah Department of Transportation discusses local projects
June 30, 2015
The Utah Department of Transportation is investing approximately $50 million in road projects in Summit County this year and recently unveiled plans to contribute an additional $28 million for several upcoming projects.
More than 50 people, including Park City and Summit County officials, attended a Utah Transportation Commission meeting last week at the Sheldon Richins Building to hear UDOT’s plans for Region Two, which includes Summit County.
Several times a year, the governor appointed and volunteer-based commission convenes at different locations throughout the state to provide updates on regional projects and enable local officials to discuss transportation concerns.
During the meeting, Park City Mayor Jack Thomas emphasized the need to continue exploring solutions to the traffic congestion frequently experienced on State Roads 224 and 248 without changing the historic nature of the canyon.
"Our primary issues are egress and ingress on S.R. 224 and 248," Thomas told commissioners. "We spend of lot of time talking about that and it’s an area we’d like to see resolved and improved. But we really have no interest in widening the road or changing the nature of the canyon. It’s a very sensitive watershed and historic component of Park City."
County Council member Chris Robinson reiterated Thomas’ points and additionally stressed the county’s desire to leave Guardsman’s Pass closed during the winter, something that has been mentioned during the conversations surrounding Mountain Accord.
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Dave Schwartz, UDOT Region Two program manager, said he understands county and city officials are "very concerned" about the main access points to Park City.
"We hear them," Schwartz said. "They want to look for solutions that don’t necessarily widen them, but perhaps follow a multimodal formula to help look for better ways to move people in and out of the valley."
Schwartz said the shoulder work taking place on State Road 224 is "looking to accomplish what the county and Park City are asking for."
"We’re trying to find ways to make them more efficient without widening them," he said. "We are partnering with Summit County to look at different solutions to local transportation issues that aren’t going to be temporary. Otherwise we’ll be right back where we started."
- UDOT has several projects that are currently underway in the county right now, including the shoulder work:
- State Road 224: repavement from Marsac roundabout to the seasonal gate above Montage Deer Valley
- Interstate 80: Shoulder barrier and lighting; Silver Creek to Wanship repavement; and Judd and Hobson Lane bridge maintenance
In working with the county, UDOT also recently completed a study exploring options for mitigating traffic at the Jeremy Ranch exit, Kilby and Rasmussen Roads and the adjacent on and off ramps to Interstate 80.
- UDOT also proposed several upcoming projects, expected to cost approximately $27.8 million:
- Interstate 80: Parley’s Summit to Jeremy Ranch westbound truck lane and Echo Junction deck replacement
- U.S. 40 bridge preservation near the Jordanelle Reservoir
For more information about the projects taking place in Summit County, go to http://www.udot.utah.gov/projects/f?p=250:3005:0::NO:3005 .
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