Study suggests canal be eliminated or re-routed

Federal engineers say the Logan Northern Canal, which broke July 11th in a mudslide that killed three people, should be re-routed or eliminated. A study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has come up with two proposals. One study suggests eliminating the canal and re-roue water north to the Logan-Hyde Park-Smithfield Canal Company. The second option would keep the Logan Northern Canal largely intact but bypass the treacherous hillsides that gave way by installing pipes under Canyon Road in Logan’s Island area. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the USDA analysis was funded with a $400,000 earmark secured last week by Senator Bob Bennett, R-UT. Either proposal would have a steep cost according to Bronson Smart, an engineer with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He says shareholders, cities and engineers must reach a consensus on which plan to pursue.

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