Today on “In the Hive,” we look at where things stand in the planning process that aims to change how transportation is done in Little Cottonwood Canyon. The Utah Department of Transportation released a draft Environmental Impact Statement earlier this year and identified two preferred alternatives to relieve congestion in the canyon: an enhanced bus lane — meaning widening the canyon road to allow better and easier movement of buses — or an aerial gondola.
Critics of both options say they’re too expensive and would leave a permanent mark on the canyon — while simple, cheaper, less-environmentally-impactful fixes would go a long way toward addressing the problem of congestion. According to UDOT’s project manager the “preferred alternatives” are not the only solutions on the table as the agency wades through more than 13,000 public comments.
Ralph Becker, Executive Director, Central Wasatch Commission
Carl Fisher, Executive Director, Save Our Canyons
Josh Van Jura, UDOT Project Manager for Little Cottonwood Canyon EIS
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