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Old Ranch Road Bike Lane Addition Is Under Consideration

Summit County is seeking input from those affected by the proposed changes to Old Ranch Road. Among those speaking with residents is Snyderville Basin Recreation Director Brian Hanton.

“We’re meeting with some of the residents in the Old Ranch Road neighborhood. The county is looking to possibly do some enhancements to that road, creating some safer passageways. We wanted to meet with those residents and get their input, any suggestions that they have, and address any concerns that they have about the plans that have been proposed.”

He says that widening the road is one potential upgrade being considered.

“They’re looking to add a bike lane, making the road a little bit wider. The biggest (two) problems are the ditch and the power line, one on each side. They’re looking at potentially moving the ditch to the North a little bit, creating a little more meandering, and putting in a soft surface trail if possible. A lot of it depends on some of the land owners in that area, if we can get some easements for that passageway.”

Those affected by the change attended a recent meeting seeking public comment. Those at the meeting said they were concerned about increased traffic but also saw the benefits offered.

“Traffic was definitely one of their concerns and the speed that people currently travel on that route. They did like the concept, they had some concerns about the amenities that they currently have with the stream going through their yard and using that to cut some of the noise barrier with the traffic.” Hanton continued, “If they have kids in their yard they’re not as tempted to go out in the road with the ditch there currently. So, that’s what they’re trying to discuss, and the county is definitely open to listening to their suggestions and seeing if there are ways we can accommodate that.”

Hanton says they don’t have an urgent timeline, but the county is being deliberate in making sure they complete their due process.

KPCW reporter David Boyle covers all things in the Heber Valley as well as sports and breaking news.
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