Relief is in sight for Highway 6 drivers between Price and Green River. The Utah Department of Transportation has told the Carbon County Commission that it plans to put a rest stop and view area at the Horse Canyon Road turnoff at mile post 267.
UDOT engineer Daryl Friant told commissioners Wednesday that the project is planned for 2011. To make it feasible, however, Carbon and Emery counties will have to pay their share of the $12,000 annual maintenance expense. That would be $3,000 per county, with UDOT picking up the rest.
The concept sounded good to Commissioner Mike Milovich, who agreed with Friant that travelers are using bushes for pit stops now anyway. But the commissioner was not ready to commit the county to an agreement without hearing more. "What's the term, infinity?" he asked. He also was concerned about clearly defining which of the two counties would be responsible for public safety response. The quickest police or ambulance response would clearly have to come from Carbon County, the nearest population center, and he had no problem with that. However, he wanted the details written up in a memorandum of understanding so all parties would know in advance who will be responsible for what, for how long, and for how much.
County Tourism Director Kathy Smith said the rest stop would be ideal for advertising what Carbon County has to offer travelers and tourists. A kiosk would cost a few thousand dollars, exactly how much would depend on how fancy it would be. And when commissioners noted that the expense would come out of her budget, she agreed.
The rest stop and view area would be standard loop design and able to handle all sizes of vehicles. Restrooms would be vault toilets, flushable.
UDOT would handle maintenance such as daily cleaning, adding water to vaults and pumping vaults as needed, garbage collection, snow removal and pavement.
The rest stop would be a great benefit to motorists who have to traverse the long ride from I-70 to Wellington without any kinds of formal stopping places for rest or for facilities.