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The Summit County Council on Wednesday approved a resolution that joins with Park City, and says that UDOT’s preferred alternative, of adding lanes to Highway 248, conflicts with the policies, goals and character of the local area.

The County’s vote comes as Park City Council is scheduled Thursday night to consider the same resolution.

The joint resolution comes after about a month of public comment on UDOT’s draft Environmental Assessment, required under NEPA, to look at solutions for the Highway 248 corridor.

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The Park City Council addressed publicly for the first time the Utah Department of Transportation’s State Route 248 project at the Council meeting Thursday, hours before the public comment period ended. 

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After a 30-day comment period and one public hearing, Park City community members had one last opportunity to express their feelings on the SR 248 corridor project at the Park City Council meeting Thursday. 

“It’s going to decrease property values throughout Prospector."

"Squeezing the balloon—you know what happens when the balloon gets full? Pop!"

"I think it’s important that the Council comes out and says that the plan proposed by UDOT is not acceptable.”

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Park City has paid UDOT $1.6 million for an Environmental Assessment to study traffic concerns on SR 248. It’s taken place over the past 28 months and the agency is looking to receive public input on the draft proposal. The 30-day public comment period is ending Thursday at midnight.

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The Mountain road connecting Eastern Summit County to Wyoming is now open.

After a lengthy and prolific snow season UDOT announced the opening of Mirror Lake Highway Monday afternoon.

State Route 150 connects Kamas to Evanston over the Uinta Mountains.

The June 24th open was more than a month after last years May 21st open date.

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UDOT will close I-80 West bound tonight at 9 and open tomorrow morning at 7.

UDOT is replacing a bridge deck on I-80 westbound at the I-84 interchange. Traffic will be detoured off I-80 onto I-84 through Hennefer.

One eastbound lane will also be closed tonight so travelers may have delays heading east on I-80 after the I-84 interchange.

A UDOT spokesperson says the detour on I-84 should take just 10 to 15 minutes longer.

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While there has been some melting this month, there’s still a lot of snow in Utah’s mountain passes. As a result, several scenic drives and popular campgrounds won’t be open in time for Memorial Day weekend. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has more.

UDOT spokesman John Gleason says they expect to have the southern and eastern facing seasonal roads open for the weekend including Wolf Creek Pass and East Canyon. It’s reported that Wolf Creek still has about 3 feet of snow on it.

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UDOT announced its list of Top 10 construction projects for 2019. Included on that list is a project in Wasatch County.

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Summit County officials were pleased by what they heard, at a meeting earlier this week with the Utah Department of Transportation.

According to County Council Member Kim Carson, UDOT officials said they have changed their philosophy. Their roads are not just for automobiles anymore.

Carson said she got the word right from Chris Potter, a local government programs engineer for UDOT. The agency said it is committed to accommodating alternative transit, like bicycles, on its roads.

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Members of the Summit County and Park City Councils received an annual update from the Utah Department of Transportation Monday, outlining the projects planned for Summit County roadways in 2019. The conversation turned from re-paving roads to making Summit County more bikeable. 

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Park City commuters experienced bumper-to-bumper traffic during their drives home Tuesday, due to a drop in communication between traffic signals and the Utah Department of Transportation. 

Car Wrecks Tallied For Summit And Wasatch Counties

Feb 19, 2019
Carolyn Murray

The Utah Department of Public Safety collects automotive crash data each year. Statewide, there were more accidents but fewer injuries. In 2018 there were 14 lives lost on Wasatch and Summit County’s roads. That’s a 6.7% decrease in roadway fatalities from 2017.

The Department of Public Safety data shows that last year, Summit County had a total of 829 crashes that resulted in property damage. 223 of them happened on Interstate 80 and 55 of them on US 40.

Looking at Park City’s entry corridors, there were 93 accidents on 224 and 69 on 248.

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Summit and Wasatch Counties saw a 7-percent drop in automobile fatalities in 2018.  And U-S 40 was the deadliest highway in the two-county reporting area.

The Utah Department of Transportation recently published its 2018 fatal crash statistics. 14 - people died in automobile deaths last year – 12 of them in Wasatch County. One was a pedestrian who died on SR 189. Eleven others were killed resulting from automotive crashes on U-S 40.

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Thursday evening, after closing the road, the Utah Department of Transportation set off an avalanche on SR 189 through Provo Canyon.  Road Crews plan to work (ed) through the night on Thursday and a Utah Highway Patrol spokesperson said they may continue to work on it through the day on Friday. (today) Carolyn Murray has this report:

Wildlife Bridge Already In Use

Jan 4, 2019
Carolyn Murray KPCW

The Interstate-80 Wildlife Bridge opened last month traversing the north and south sides of the freeway near the top of Parley’s Canyon. The organization pushing the project and convincing UDOT to fund a safe migratory option for animals is called Save People-Save Wildlife. Their work isn’t done. Carolyn Murray has this report:

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