The Kimball Junction traffic analysis survey deadline is February 12. UDOT wants public feedback on four options that are high-level designs to address traffic problems in the interchange.
The survey is a joint effort between UDOT, Summit County, and Park City. UDOT’s Region 2 Planning Manager Grant Farnsworth said the four options evolved from public input given in the previous Kimball Junction neighborhood planning surveys and community meetings held last year.
“We want to make sure that this area serves people that are living in the area, that are passing through the area, if they're walking, if they’re riding a bus or if they're driving. And so, this tries to make sure that we're improving the quality of experience of all of those types of users.”
The second alternative in the survey involves a road encroachment on the Hi Ute open space conservation easement. Farnsworth said once they narrow down options, they’ll do a more in-depth analysis of capacity, mobility, and multimodal transportation solutions. He said alternative 2, which infringes on the conservation area, was brought up by neighbors during last year’s public input.
“We wanted to be pretty expansive in our net of options that we considered. This is one that brought up to our attention with a Kimball junction neighborhood plan that was done and was considered during that time period. And so, we're trying to be as broad as we can and understand that you know some of these alternatives will definitely be weeded out.”
Summit County Council member Glenn Wright said he would never approve of that option. He believes there is only one viable alternative.
“I’ll be quite upfront with everybody on it. I think alternate three there is the only viable option. I would like to modify further as I stated during my questions during that presentation, I don't think the others will really help us at all.”
Farnsworth said they’ll do additional high-level environmental analysis once they’ve narrowed down the alternatives.
They’ve received 150 responses to the survey, which closes on February 12.