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Public comments are now open on the proposed greater walking and cycling links at Sugar House, Liberty Wells


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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, December 13, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) – Residents of Salt Lake City are urged to review the draft plans for the 2023 reconstruction of Highland Drive / 1100 East and provide online commentary until the 30th. December, officials said on Monday.

“The planned changes will see the major connector rebuilt from I-80 to Logan Avenue with a particular focus on improvements for pedestrians and cyclists and the completion of connections on the trail systems on the east side of the road. city, “said a press release from the Salt Lake City mayor’s office.

The draft plans can be viewed online here and are “based on years of planning documents, including the Sugar House Area Master Plan, Sugar House 2013 Traffic Plan, and the Local Links Study Project – all of which have included ‘robust public engagement,’ the press release said. The planned improvements will allow for a wide multi-use path for pedestrians and cyclists spanning from I-80 to Wilson Avenue, widened sidewalks, multi-use paths, bike paths, improved drainage and more.

“Our goal is to make Sugar House a more comfortable place for people,” said Lynn Jacobs, Salt Lake City Transportation Planner. “We know people come to Sugar House for its local small businesses, great food, beautiful trees and unique energy. This project is designed to improve what makes the neighborhood great by making it more comfortable for getting around without a car – on foot, by bike, by public transit or even by carpooling.

When complete, the project will link the last gap in the Parley’s trail system to Salt Lake City and provide connections between Parley’s and McClelland trails and businesses in the area.

“More than 11,000 vehicles use Highland Drive every day,” the press release said. “Although the lanes are being reconfigured, a review of a decade of traffic counts shows that traffic volumes on Sugar House’s main roads have not kept pace with development. The traffic growth is about 1.5% per year on average, the activity growth is 9% per year.

The reconstruction project is a part of Salt Lake City’s ‘Finance Our Future’ obligation adopted by voters in 2018. Additional phases of public engagement will continue throughout the first half of 2022 with a final plan ready to go. fall 2022 and construction in 2023.

Review and comments are available here and project updates are available by email at [email protected]


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