Traffic choked at Kimball Junction |

Traffic choked at Kimball Junction

By tapping state coffers Summit County commissioners hope to lessen traffic congestion at Kimball Junction.

At issue are road chokepoints which the Utah Legislature earmarked $40 million this year to address, said Kevin Callahan, Summit County Public Works administrator.

"Hopefully we can get a fair hearing on that and have a shot at getting some money (for) either increasing capacity or just finding ways to make it easier to get in and out of the junction," he said. "We think we are a candidate for that money because this year seems to be the year that it has become routinely clogged up."

A meeting next month with state transportation officials could mean some relief this year for stressed-out Snyderville Basin drivers.

"People who are in those shopping areas who need to get out, don’t have as much green time to get out" onto State Road 224, Callahan explained. "Know it’s best to avoid that area between 4 and 6 (p.m.) because typically that’s when it’s going to be the most congested. It’s probably our most urban chokepoint in the system."

In 2008 the county will likely realign Landmark Drive by installing a roundabout near the existing Wal-Mart parking lot, Callahan said.

Property taxes for Summit County residents, however, shouldn’t increase to fund the new road improvements, he stressed, adding that state monies and impact fees paid by developers could cover the costs.

"We’re making a push to get our proposal considered by the state transportation commission which is meeting in April," Callahan said.

Meanwhile, he expects construction on Landmark Drive near Kimball Junction to begin next spring.

"There will definitely be an impact during the construction process but everybody will have reasonable access once it’s done," Callahan said about businesses along the road. "We didn’t have to take anybody’s business or restrict them to the point of view that they weren’t able to function."

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