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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

Utah Department of Transportation: 2015 Long-Range Regional Transportation Plans

St. George, Utah – it’s early Wednesday morning April 22, 2015, and the State of Utah has recently released their long-range transportation plan for UDOT’s facilities around the Beehive State.

In slightly more rural areas, Utah’s Department of Transportation formulates the States Long Range Transportation Plan (LRP). In Utah’s metropolitan areas (50,000 residents are more) the local MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organizations) arrange the Regional Transportation Plans (RTPs).

Utah Department of Transportation: 2015 Long-Range Regional Transportation Plan

Utah Department of Transportation: 2015 Long-Range Regional Transportation Plans

Utah Department of Transportation: 2015 Long-Range Regional Transportation Plans

Ready, waiting, and available for your input, the Draft LRP is now up for public comment through 4.30.15. Any concerns, remarks, or questions can be directed at the following State email address: planning@utah.gov. Those individuals seeking more information on UDOT’s proposed projects can view them on this interactive map.

Utah’s long-range transportation plan and regional transportation plans are a wish list of State improvement projects, necessitated by federal regulations, and revised every four years as a means of meeting the state’s fast-growing transportation needs.

Once the Utah Department of Transportation’s road projects are approved for funding by the State Transportation Commission, the projects are then placed into the STIP (Statewide Transportation Improvement Program), entering the design and construction phase.

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UDOT And The Southern Utah Parkway: St. George’s Road to the Future

Dana Meier of The Utah Department of Transportation (a.k.a. UDOT) is the man with the plan for the state’s rapidly expanding roadways in St. George Utah, otherwise known as region 4. As the program manager for Southern Utah’s most recent expansion on the areas highways and byway explains, “there is still a lot that needs to be accomplished before the Southern Parkway is completely open for business.”

According to Dana, the mission statement for the Utah Department of Transportation in Southern Utah is tied into the departments overall goal – “to keep Utah moving.”

As such, the goal of the areas Southern Parkway is to help build the economy, while at the same time providing alternatives for getting around St. George’s downtown area. In addition to avoiding the hustle and bustle of St. George’s sometimes hectic downtown area, the Southern Parkway will provide an efficient conduit for funneling many of the areas visitors to the near by Zion National Park.

Thus far, the state has dumped over $180 million into this project, as they try and plan for Southern Utah’s inevitable population explosion.

UDOT And The Southern Utah Parkway:  St. George's Road to the Future

UDOT And The Southern Utah Parkway: St. George’s Road to the Future

From its inception, the Southern Utah Parkway was designed and built in six contiguous segments. The first segment, which has already been completed, stretches from I-15, starting at exit 2 – otherwise known as the Atkinville interchange. Then running approximately 4 miles down to the Utah-Arizona border and over to the River Road interchange.

Starts at exit 2 from I-15 otherwise known as the Atkinville interchange

Starts at exit 2 from I-15 otherwise known as the Atkinville interchange

Phase 2 of Southern Utah Parkway – which has also been completed – then runs from the River Road junction for another 4 miles, accessing the new St. George Utah airport and thereby providing room for expansion and greater opportunity for the areas local economy.

Phase 3(A) and 3(B) are planned to run from the Airport Parkway intersection for 3 miles up to a Warner Valley Road interchange. With 3A already completed and 3B currently under construction, 3B is anticipated to run 4.5 miles before connecting with the phase 4 section of the Southern Utah Parkway at the Washington damn road.

Warner Valley Road interchange

Warner Valley Road interchange

Thus far unfunded and un-built; the Phase 4 section of the Southern Parkway will run from the Warner Valley Road interchange 8 miles over to a 4300 West interchange.

Phase 4 section of the Southern Parkway

Phase 4 section of the Southern Parkway

Phase 5 of the Southern Parkway will run from the 3000 S. in Hurricane 8 miles around the south end of Sand Hollow Reservoir and up to State Route 9 at about 2800 West in Hurricane. Leaving Phase 6 as little more than an opportunity to upgrade the room conditions from SR-9 back to I-15.

Phase 5 of the Southern Parkway

Phase 5 of the Southern Parkway

Anticipating that the majority of Washington County’s growth will happen East of the I-15 corridor in the next 20+ years, the Southern Utah Parkway and the Western Corridor of the Dixie’s Beltway will provide an opportunity for growth in Washington County well into the future.