UDOT studying expansion ideas for SR30

Since last summer the Utah Department of Transportation has been preparing a study to address current and future safety needs on State Road 30, locally known as the Valley View Highway.

Following screening of 12 initial alternatives, the transportation team identified what is called the Preliminary Recommended Alternative for further evaluation, also identified as Alternative 6E. Vic Saunders, UDOT’s communication director for this region, says a <a href=”https://www.udot.utah.gov/main/f?p=100:pg:0:::1:T,V:64,76812″ target=”_blank”>public comment period</a> has now opened for the review and comment by local residents through visiting the <a href=”http://www.udot.utah.gov/sr30study/” target=”_blank”>alternatives on the UDOT website</a>.

Saunders says the alternatives include a mix of three and four lanes plus 12-foot shoulders, intersection turn lanes and a 14-foot center median with raised barrier between SR 23 and 1900 West. Between 1900 West and 1000 West it could include a five-lane urban configuration with sidewalks, park strips and 12-foot shoulders.

After viewing the alternatives, some local officials asked how early the project could be started.

“This is not funded at all,” Saunders clarifies. “We hope we can have our process completed by the fall of this year and have a draft (environmental impact study) ready to submit to the Federal Highway (Administration) at that time.

“We don’t know when we are going to get funding. That depends on a lot of things. It could be as early as 2024. Perhaps with some political help from the local folks it could be sped up; we don’t know the answer to that.”

Saunders said a description of possible alternatives for bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the corridor is included. For more information about the study, <a href=”http://www.udot.utah.gov/sr30study/” target=”_blank”>visit the website</a> and/or contact UDOT Project Manager Rod Terry at (801) 620-1686.

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