The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) in Utah released a draft 2016-2021 Transportation Improvement Program this week and is seeking public comment on $3.5 billion of projects identified in the plan.
The public comment period on the draft plan runs through Aug. 8. Representatives will be available to answer questions about the projects via an online open house on July 22 from 5-7 p.m. at www.wfrc.org.
“Public input is vital to our development of the transportation improvement program for the next six years,” said Andrew Gruber, WFRC’s executive director. “We encourage anyone who is interested in learning more to visit our website where they can access interactive maps that displays all the projects. They can leave comments on the site, as well.”
The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) includes the roadway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects identified for funding over the next six years in the north Utah counties of Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Tooele, and Morgan, as well as the urbanized portion of Box Elder County, Gruber said. He added the current plan is part of an overall transportation plan that runs through 2040.
“The 2016 to 2021 draft provides a thoughtful and carefully reviewed project for a cost of $3.5 billion. The TIP is a program vital for all the six counties in our region that includes more than 50 cities and towns,” Gruber said.
The TIP is updated once a year in close coordination with the Utah Department of Transportation, the Utah Transit Authority, and cities and counties across the Wasatch Front. Major projects within the TIP include the extension of the Mountain View Corridor, a new overpass for I-15 in Layton, grade separated interchanges along Bangerter Highway, a transit intermodal center at Weber State University, the expansion of the Jordan River Parkway Trail in Salt Lake City, various intersection improvements in Brigham City, bridge improvements in Morgan County and roadway reconstruction and widening in Tooele County.
The majority of funding is coming from the state’s motor fuel tax and sales tax revenues, Gruber said.