Cache County upset with UDOT proposal for Valley View Highway

All of the members of the Cache County Council have signed a letter to the Utah Department of Transportation objecting to what is referred to as Alternative 6E, the recommended alternative for further study on the issue of addressing current and future safety needs on State Road 30, locally known as the Valley View Highway.

Council Chairman Greg Merrill says several public meetings have been held, adjacent property owners have been consulted along with elected officials and community people have given input.

“A great majority of those were in favor of one of the alternatives which would be a four lane highway between here and the Petersburg area,” says Merrill. “Then all of a sudden we get notice back that they are proposing another, secondary alternative, that is four lanes for part of the way, then two lanes for like four miles, then hitting the four lanes near Petersboro again.”

He says it gets foggy along that road and converting from four to two lanes with people trying to pass gets very scary. He says the major reasons UDOT has announced are that Alternative 6E would involve two less acres and cost about $5 million less.

Merrill says $5 million is not a lot out of a $1 billion bond, especially when you are looking at safety.

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