Bluff St. at Sunset Boulevard: UDOT Modifies $51 Million Traffic Design

St. George, Utah – UDOT (A.K.A. The Utah Department of Transportation) and the City St. George have agreed on a plan to improve the ever-increasing traffic flow and safety on Bluff Street at Sunset Boulevard, addressing some of St George’s current and future traffic concerns.

After trashing the initial traffic plan, a handful of St. George business owners at the nearby shopping complex are claiming their voices and ideas are being heard and considered after UDOT modified its plans for an intersection upgrade near their retail shops.

According to online reports, The Utah Department of Transportation provided their new design for the Bluff Street and Sunset Boulevard intersection at a public meeting last week.

“There’s a lot of traffic on these two streets that bring clients to the business,” said St. George Massage Envy owner Roy Thacker.

The modified traffic design for the Bluff / Sunset intersection keeps traffic at ground level, while still allowing for traffic growth. The major change will be the primary flow is somewhat shifted so that Bluff Street feeds primarily onto Sunset. Paradoxically, the new traffic flow will mimic the way traffic originally ran 50 years ago. Additionally, UDOT will provide a new pedestrian tunnel underneath the street – keeping southern Utah’s pedestrians safe.

Not likely to start until 2018, the $51 million traffic project is being undertaken to address and plan for the area’s projected growth through the year 2040.

The public can provide UDOT with comments and suggestions until September 1, 2015