Watts: lots of little things can help improve air quality, including road projects

No vote was taken but after a long discussion on air quality Tuesday evening it was clear that members of the Logan Municipal Council are divided on whether or not Cache County should implement an emission testing program now. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Wednesday, Logan Mayor Randy Watts said if Logan is going to clean up the air people have to be willing to change their lifestyles. “Everybody notices how many automobiles, you’ve got one individual in the automobile,” Watts said. “Idling is something that has been brought up, waiting to go through the teller window at the bank, waiting for a burger, just waiting for somebody that’s gone into an office and back out. How much of that would help? Every little thing we can do can help.” Watts said less than two years ago Cache County approved a $2 registration fee increase on vehicles to be used for education efforts. That was later dropped and Watts said that was unfortunate because he believes a lot could be done by way of educating the public on air quality. Watts said improving traffic flow is one component that can help clear the air. Recent projects on 100 East, connecting with Providence City, and the expansion and improvements to 1000 West are prime examples. Watts said he empathizes with those living along 200 East because they have been waiting a long time to know what would eventually happen on their street. Watts said the delay has been because of an environmental impact study that was ordered by the Utah Department of Transportation. Mayor Watts said, fortunately, things will soon start to happen. “The impact study’s been done,” he explained. “We’re hopeful that mid-summer we go ahead and finish the engineering so that we can go ahead and open up the Center Street that goes over the old (Boy) Scout office that was in that location. “You can go 2nd East all the way through to 3rd South and then make the one block transition to 1st East and then on out through Riverwoods to Providence.” Watts said a decision about what will happen on 200 East and 500 North has not been made yet but one suggestion is a roundabout where there is now a four-way stop. He says things often get bottle-necked at that intersection.

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