Logan unveiling 25 year transportation master plan

There is a lot to absorb in the proposed Logan City Master Transportation Plan which Public Works Director Mark Nielsen says is intended to guide the city as it grows and develops over the next 25 years. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Wednesday, Nielsen said the plan basically focuses on four different topics. “We’re going to look at the functional classification map for roads to show ‘this is your neighborhood, these are the roads that are planned, these are the ones that are likely to happen first, later on,'” Nielsen said. ” We’re going to look at sidewalks and how we connect all the missing links in Logan, which areas are really the priorities where people walk a lot versus other areas. “We’re going to look at bicycle paths. We’re going to look at transit. And all those things will provide, I think, everybody will have input on one of those different topics and what they’d like to see and what they think would help in their daily commute, or walk, or bike ride or whatever.” Nielsen said the document is meant to provide a framework for the city’s transportation needs over the next 25 years. He says some people who have looked over the plan say it looks like the city is going to have a lot of five-lane roads running through the city. Nielsen says he understands that concern. “That is something that we don’t want to have happen,” Nielsen said. “It’s going to happen over time and only as that’s needed.” Nielsen continued by saying the transportation master plan is taking a comprehensive approach. “The document has focused on a lot of different areas,” he said. “We look at the road network, that’s one area of it. We look at sidewalks. We look at bicyclists and bike trails. We look at transit. “We’ve tried to come up with a framework that would provide options for everybody to be able to get where they need to go with a minimal of car travel, and in today’s world that’s really kind of tough.” Nielsen also said there are some promising proposals for one-way streets in Logan as a way to relieve Main Street traffic congestion. There has already been some public input but Nielsen says there will be opportunity for more when neighborhood meetings are held sometime this spring. He says the plan could be adopted by the Logan Municipal Council as early as this summer. The entire document can be viewed on the Logan City website

<a href=”http://www.loganutah.org/public_works/Engineering/TransportationMasterPlan.cfm”>www.loganutah.org</a>

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