Locals glimpse plan for 200 East

Logan drivers have already become familiar with the roundabout on 1800 North and 200 East. Now, two more roundabouts have been recommended for 200 East by city planners and engineers: one on 500 North and another on 1000 North.Residents were given a glimpse of what 200 East in Logan might look like in a few years at an open house at Mount Logan Middle School Wednesday evening. The open house gave interested locals the opportunity to talk to city planners and engineers about proposed changes to 200 East, from 500 North to 1250 North. The event also provided an opportunity to give project planners feedback.Proposed changes to 200 East include:- widening the road from 1000 North to 1250 North into a three-lane road with parking on the east side,- turning the 1000 North intersection into a double-lane roundabout,- placing a single-lane roundabout at 500 North,- creating bulbouts (extended curbs meant to increase pedestrian safety without impeding snow removal, like a median might), improving lighting and signage and painting colored crosswalks at the 700 North intersection, and- putting a bus stop at 900 North.Josh Palmer, project planner with the Langdon Group which is working with the city on the project, said the next step is to create detailed plans for each of the road and intersection projects.”This is when they go into details and answer the minute questions,” he said.After the fine details have been planned and funds have been raised, the project will go into the construction phase. Currently, there is no funding for the project. Most of this funding will come from Logan City and the county’s road tax.Logan City’s Public Works Director Mark Neilson said the project will take a minimum of five years to complete. He said the double-lane roundabout on 1000 North will be the most expensive project, but the other projects should be “pretty easy.”The 500 North and 700 North intersection changes and the 900 North bus stop are first priority, Neilson said.A double-lane roundabout on 1000 North will have a 17-second delay for intersection users versus the 34-second traffic delay the intersection has now, said John Powell, engineer and project manager.”Probably there will be some confusion at first with the roundabout,” Powell said.However, lanes will be clearly marked so that roundabout users will know where to go, he said, and drivers will be able to learn how to use the intersection quickly.According to the Cache Metropolitan Planning Organization, an organization made of members through the county that create a long-term transportation plan, 200 East from 1000 North to 1250 North will need to be expanded to a 5-lane road in 20 years in order to accommodate increased traffic. Currently, engineers plan to turn this stretch of road into a three-lane road, but if the time comes to further expand the road into five lanes, seven houses would be need to be acquired by the city to complete the project.- rachel@cvdaily.com

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