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Weigh in on traffic troubles up Little Cottonwood Canyon

Public comment open now

LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah (News4Utah) - Skiers and snowboarders, sadly, have become used to packing their patience when they head up the road of Little Cottonwood Canyon.

"It seems to just get worse and worse. The traffic over the last five years has gotten pretty terrible," Leah Woolson of Sandy said. 

Drivers know congestion is likely throughout the year and the Utah Department of Transportation has launched a new study to narrow in on some solutions for the popular road.

"Over the past decade, we've had 20 different studies trying to address transportation needs, and those ideas and concepts we are going to build on," John Thomas of the Utah Department of Transportation said.

The traffic troubles up Little Cottonwood Canyon include delays, parking problems and even environmental impacts. The study is looking for new suggestions and new ideas, and UDOT hopes that suggestions on this project can overlap to other canyon roads and regions in the future. 

"UDOT really wants to get people involved in this study. There are a lot of good ideas out there, there's alot of people with passion and respect for the UDOT range, We want to hear from them," John Thomas of the Utah Department of Transportation said.

The Utah Transportation Department is hosting an open house on April 10 for people to comment in person. UDOT said this on its website regarding the study, "To provide a balanced, integrated transportation system for residents, visitors, and commuters in Little Cottonwood Canyon and surrounding areas, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is conducting an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) along Little Cottonwood Canyon Road (S.R. 210) and the S.R. 210 Bypass Road. The EIS will evaluate potential improvements that reduce peak congestion and improve recreation and tourism experiences in Little Cottonwood Canyon. These improvements include managing the number of vehicles on the road system, improving vehicle mobility, and improving roadway safety and reliability for all users, while reflecting the character and scale of Little Cottonwood Canyon. The EIS will also include a public involvement process so UDOT can proactively work with all stakeholders in a transparent and inclusive process."

The public comment period is now open online and to comment on Little Cottonwood Canyon road concerns, visit: https://www.udot.utah.gov/littlecottonwoodeis/

The open house will be held at Cottonwood Heights city Hall from 4:00-8:00 p.m. 

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