Safety concerns and traffic flow at the intersection of 3200 S. and Highway 89/91 have been a topic of discussion for years and plans to improve the area are finally moving forward.
The Utah Department of Transportation received a unanimous recommendation from Cache County, Logan City and Nibley City on one of three proposed alternatives to realign 3200 S. and 2000 W.
Cache County Council members discussed the options during Tuesday night’s council meeting before taking a final vote.
The three jurisdictions agree on Alternative 2, which includes a newly-designed signalized intersection at 3000 South and U.S. Hwy 89/91. The plan would add a roundabout on 3200 South, closing access to U.S. Highway 89/91. The northbound and southbound access from 2000 West to the highway would also be closed off.
“You’re not going to have a perfect solution, it just doesn’t exist any more,” according to Josh Runhaar, County Development Services Director. “We are trying to find the best alternative in a menagerie of problems.”
Those problems include 46 accidents since 2010, including fatalities and injuries, according to the county. Not to mention traffic flow is a nightmare during specific times of the day.
“Something needs to be done at this intersection; it’s getting worse in this area, not better,” said Runhaar. “This is the highest risk intersection in the valley, I believe.”
Now that UDOT has a recommendation from the jurisdictions, work on finalizing a design will continue this year with construction to potentially begin sometime next year.