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Walkways needed at Kimball Junction

Officials in Summit County are under pressure to make Kimball Junction safer for pedestrians. A package of improvements they discussed on Wednesday included several new sidewalks in the Snyderville Basin.

Business owners at Kimball Junction have suggested several possible improvements.

"They think we need to complete sidewalks in the area," said Kent Wilkerson, a Summit County engineer. "We’re just trying to complete the network and work with what we have Some sections make it really tough for people to get around Kimball Junction in the winter."

One project he mentions in the first phase of construction is a sidewalk along the north side of Kimball Plaza, from Wendy’s to State Road 224. Within three years, sidewalks could also provide access to several storefronts near Ute Boulevard.

"There are no sidewalks in places (at Kimball Junction,)" Summit County Manager Bob Jasper said. "You have holes."

A high priority is completing several unfinished walkways in the area, Jasper said.

"If you want to keep people out of cars, this is one of the most important things we can do in the county," Summit County Councilman David Ure said.

Some say Kimball Junction is unsafe for pedestrians.

"We can provide some modest level of service without some huge public burden," Wilkerson said.

County officials in 2008 studied the sidewalk connections at Kimball Junction. They consulted about 11 business owners before a plan was outlined for making Kimball Junction safer for walkers.

"This is very exciting," Summit County Councilwoman Claudia McMullin said.

Projects near Landmark Drive could include improving access to a pedestrian bridge, which crosses Interstate 80. The plan also includes better access to businesses from the Landmark Inn.

The development of a research park is underway at Kimball Junction, which "is just going to put more need (for sidewalks) out in that area," said Rena Jordan, director of the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District.

The county may spend about $38,000 installing sidewalks during the first year of the plan. The money would come mostly from county transit tax, which is funded by businesses at Kimball Junction. The Basin Recreation District would contribute about $8,000, according to a report from Jasper.

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