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UDOT Accepting Input on State Transportation Plans

The Utah Department of Transportation will accept public comments regarding the state agency's long-range plan for 2007-2030 through April 26.

UDOT's long-range transportation plan focuses on capacity projects in the rural and small urban areas of Utah.

Carbon County residents may review the plan at local libraries, UDOT region offices or online at www.udot.utah.gov.

Public comments regarding the plan may also be submitted on the state agency's Web site.

"Planning for future transportation projects is a comprehensive process that requires the input and perspective of community members, elected officials and public agencies," pointed out UDOT planning director John Thomas. "Utah is experiencing tremendous growth and an increased demand for transportation facilities."

Small urban areas across the state are growing rapidly.

For example, the St. George area's population has increased from approximately 26,000 residents in 1980 to more than 90,000 in 2000, indicated UDOT.

The St. George area's population is expected to grow to more than 218,000 by 2030.

Similarly, Cedar City, Heber City, Hurricane, Moab, Tooele, and Vernal all are growing at record rates.

Public comments regarding the long-range plan 2007-2030 will help UDOT to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the state's efforts to increase mobility and address future transportation needs, added UDOT officials.

"Feedback from those who use our state highways on a daily basis helps us identify transportation solutions that will meet the needs of Utah communities," said Thomas.

In addition to rural areas, separate plans have been written for the metropolitan areas under the direction of the Cache metropolitan organization, Wasatch Front Regional Council, Mountainland Association of Governments and the Dixie metropolitan organization.

Once public comments are reviewed, an executive summary of all five plans will be produced.

The summary, the unified transportation plan, is due to be released statewide in July 2007, concluded UDOT officials.





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