UDOT’s proposed road closures in south Cache County don’t sit well with many

Shut down some intersections to provide a safe line of sight when entering a highway, or squeeze tractors and other large vehicles through detoured backroads? People of Cache Valley had much to say regarding the conflict at a recent joint meeting of and Cache County Council and some city councils. Members of various city councils as well as citizens of unincorporated Cache County contested Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) representative Nathan Peterson’s proposal to close intersections along 2000 West, including locations in south Logan, Wellsville, College Ward and Benson. UDOT spokesman Vic Saunders cited poor visibility between some parts of 2000 West and Highway 89-91 as the reason for the recommendation, saying that a closure of many such routes will eliminate a risk which has resulted in a fatality in the past. “We are taking away access to a roadway that is not safe,” he said. “We’re not trying to take everyone’s access away, but with access to highways, especially with a high speed corridor, it’s the responsibility of the state to seek safety for its users.” However, as many of the avenues connected to the road become closed, large vehicles lose their safe passage of travel in the surrounding area, leaving them to dangerously turn onto side roads that are already too small, Council Chairman Jon White said.

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