Residents oppose UDOT’s high speed redesign. They want immediate safety, buffered crosswalks, bike lanes & egress/ingress for 11 intersecting residential streets.

 

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Sept 1st SLCO, SLC & Alta mayors agree!

Mayors Wilson, Mendenhall and Sondak all agree that Little Cottonwood Canyon needs protections NOT gondola installations or widened highway. "Try practical, less expensive" remedies first. Save Not Pave agrees. Save Not Pave's stand is to begin practical and immediate mandates for 2021/22 ski season: 1. A new smart phone app. Designed and implemented as a UDOT/UTA/ski resorts collaboration, it gives motorists real time instructions re BOTH Big and Little Cottonwood canyons as to motorist's parking, car pooling & transit options, as well as road conditions and any restrictions or suggestions). 2. Tolling, Slug Lanes and Tire Checks at or near the mouth of BCC and LCC. (Slug Lanes give arriving single-occupancy drivers a chance to pull over and pick up others who are heading in the same direction in order to reduce their toll expense. This is used successfully in Washington DC and other cities around the U.S. Slug Lanes would be to 9400 S Highland AND 6200 South existing Park & Ride locations. Slug Lanes would be marked for "Big Cottonwood Canyon" and "Little Cottonwood Canyon" alleviating confusion and stream-lining the passenger transfers.) https://eedition.sltrib.com/article/281496459388586

Save Not Pave is against high speed commuter thoroughfare redesign

Disguised as a solution to ski traffic, UDOT is redesigning Wasatch Blvd as a high speed arterial for south valley commuters. Is this what you want? Review SNP's suggested solution to alleviate the future traffic for which UDOT builds.

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City elections matter this fall!

We need persons elected in Sandy & Cottonwd Hts who actively support preservation of our foothills and canyons. The following candidates deserve your financial support and your VOTE. VoteMonicaZ.com AaronDekeyzer.com EricKraan.com VoteEllenBirrell.com Watch for your Mail-in Ballot to arrive by mid-October. Immediately mark and return it!

We favor IMMEDIATE redesign of Wasatch Blvd

This means narrow lanes, traffic calming features, buffered bike lanes, multi-use paths and prioritized bus transit during peak ski mornings & afternoons. There is no commuter rush hour traffic. Why build out for something that might occur in 25 years from now?.

Improve not grossly expand Wasatch Blvd

Through political will citizens of Salt Lake Valley can maintain the option to drive personal vehicles without ruining the air shed, if we mix transit, walking &/or cycling into our mobility mix. Contact the Utah Legislature's Transportation Committee and let them know you need meaningful options in your community.

For community safety & health, we support UDOT in achieving their “Zero Fatalities” campaign by reminding them that 35mph or slower speed road design is the answer.  The innumerable car, bicycle & pedestrian accidents can be reduced with a slower speed design, modern crosswalks and protected bike lanes (currently not part of UDOT’s plan). Through UDOT’s LCC EIS process, they have the chance to redesign SR-210’s Wasatch Blvd between the canyons which promotes Active Transportation and Transit. We’re asking UDOT to return to the 35-mph speed design they committed to July 2, 2019. Watch the video here ->

Taxpayers of Salt Lake Valley have already weighed in: “No high speed, multi-lane highway through remaining foothills.”

In 2018, UDOT received funding from the Utah State Legislature to “improve tourism”. UDOT chose to reduce peak ski season traffic on SR 210 from mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon up to Alta utilizing NEPA (National Environmental Protection Act).

To be successful in keeping UDOT from widening Wasatch Blvd into 6 to 7 lane arterial, we must ensure UDOT adheres to NEPA process. This means they must thoroughly screen every comment that meets their stated goal & they must make regional consideration.

Removing Highways

“. . . Syracuse and Detroit, have committed to replacing stretches of interstate with more connected, walkable neighborhoods. Others, like New Orleans and Dallas, are

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Petition to UDOT & Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC):

“Wider, more numerous, fast-moving vehicular lanes is NOT the answer with Utah’s Emergency Drought and severe air quality problems. Southeastern SL Valley needs a REGIONAL transit system not only for recreationalists to Millcreek, BCC & LCC but also for north/south employees, patients & students to U of U area. All stakeholders agree that Active Transportation & Express, cleaner transit is the answer to growing population & associated mobility issues.”

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