Wasatch Front Regional Council Releases Program Identifying Billions in Transportation Investment Wasatch Front Regional Council Releases Program Identifying Billions in Transportation Investment
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Salt Lake City—The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) is asking the public to provide input on the Draft 2018-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Totaling more than $5 billion in vital transportation funding, the TIP identifies balanced investments in road, transit, bike, and pedestrian infrastructure that are needed in Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Tooele, Morgan, and Box Elder counties. The Draft 2018-2023 TIP helps to meet current transportation needs while simultaneously addressing critical future priorities throughout the region.

In close collaboration with the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), and cities and counties across the Wasatch Front, the TIP is updated every year and identifies projects funded with federal, state, and local resources for the next six years.

Major capacity projects in the TIP are selected from Utah’s Unified Transportation Plan. Utah’s transportation agencies work together to develop the Unified Transportation Plan in which in-depth analysis and careful planning are used to identify and prioritize projects for the coming decades.

“Our region is at a tipping point,” said WFRC Executive Director Andrew Gruber. “Our population has doubled over the last thirty years and is anticipated to nearly double in the next thirty years. Now more than ever, we must work together to coordinate our transportation investments with land use and economic development considerations so that we maximize the value of those investments and utilize our resources efficiently.”

Projects in the Draft 2018-2023 TIP include the expansion of the bike share program, GREENbike, in Salt Lake City (SLC) and Ogden. Funding will create new stations, provide more bicycles, docks, and other infrastructure necessary to maintain and grow the robust bike share system in SLC. Funding will also construct stations and provide bikes and kiosks in Ogden, making it the first city outside of SLC to be part of the GREENbike network.

Over half a million dollars in funding for the River Parkway Trail in West Haven City will provide the last section needed to complete a significant regional trail system. Residents from Ogden to Provo will have access to bike, walk, and run on over 100 miles of connected trail spanning the entire Wasatch Front. Dubbed the “Golden Spoke,” this system connects the Ogden River Trail, the Denver Rio Grande Rail Trail, the Legacy Parkway Trail, the Jordan River Trail, the Murdock Canal Trail, and the Provo River Trail.

The TIP includes major roadway projects slated for funding in the coming years such as $159 million for new freeway-style interchanges on Bangerter Highway at 6200 South, 10400 South, and 12600 South. These interchanges, along with $249 million for Bangerter interchanges being constructed at 5400 South, 7000 South, 9000 South, 11400 South, and 600 West will significantly improve east-west and north-south mobility in the region, giving drivers more time to spend with friends and family and less time stuck waiting in traffic.

In a significant step toward improving mobility in the high-growth area of western Salt Lake County, $495 million is slated for construction on a section of Mountain View Corridor from 4100 S. to S.R. 201. This project provides a vital connection to S.R. 201 that will create an important link to the rest of the county and improve north-south and east-west traffic flow.

A new $90 million interchange on Interstate 15 at 1800 North in Sunset near Hill Air Force Base will ease congestion and improve mobility. $96 million in upgrades to the 24th Street interchange in Ogden will provide access to businesses and support substantial economic development occurring in the area.

$610 million has been identified for the first phase of the West Davis Corridor. This proposed transportation corridor would alleviate congestion and address significant growth anticipated in western Davis and Weber Counties.

$275 million is proposed for a project along an 8-mile stretch on US-89 in eastern Davis County to improve traffic flow and safety. To encourage carpooling, reduce congestion, and improve air quality, a $158 million project on I-15 will extend the express lanes another ten miles from Layton to I-84.

Over $2.5 million in transit funding included in the TIP will provide cutting-edge technology upgrades for two FrontRunner engines. The upgrades will allow the engines to burn cleaner fuel, improving air quality that benefits both transit riders and drivers alike. The TIP also includes $100 million for recreational hotspots. This funding will be directed to projects in the state that reduce congestion, facilitate tourism, and enhance economic development near recreational areas.

For a complete list of projects, visit wfrc.org/tip to learn more and comment on the proposed projects via a public comment layer on WFRC’s online interactive map. Public comment on the Draft 2018-2023 TIP runs through Saturday, Aug. 5.

“This isn’t just about a road, a bus, or a trail. It’s about a way of life,” said WFRC Chair and Ogden City Mayor Mike Caldwell. “By investing in our infrastructure, we are investing in our residents and in our communities. Infrastructure investment that is coordinated well with how our communities grow and develop enhances mobility, improves air quality, fosters economic development and enhances our quality of life.”

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