Why not build it?  
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I have heard Grand County is considering building a connecting road through the canyon to shorten the way to the Uintah Basin. I have also already heard from several people who are against it.

I would like to share why I think it would benefit all of the businesses in Moab, as well as the residents of Grand County.

  If the road were built, travel time to and from the Uintah Basin and Flaming Gorge would be shortened. Moab could get more visitors, and we all know that more visitors means more hotels, meals at restaurants, souvenirs and activities booked, which would add to employment and transient room tax. In December, I spent four nights in hotels in Vernal at a cost of $100 per night, Moab can’t charge those rates in the winter. 

  The workers in the Uintah Basin would love to come to our area and visit, but with the drive being over four hours each way that cuts into the time they have. So they choose to go to Park City or Salt Lake City instead.

  Another reason that the road being built would benefit Grand County is that the oil industry that is booming in the Basin could truck its barrels of oil into Grand County to be put on the railway system. Grand County could collect monies for each barrel, which could be used for what was needed by the county. Infrastructure, Grand County schools and Moab Regional Hospital could all be on the receiving end of these monies. 

  I think the new road would be a big benefit to Moab and all who live here. Many of us have lived in Moab for a long time and have seen it go from mining town, to almost a ghost town to now a tourist town. The funny thing about all these changes is that our community was more close-knit and considerate of each other when we had very little and the town was almost a ghost town. I know that a lot of us locals say we wish Moab was like it used to be, but that doesn’t mean that we are against change. It means that Moab was a great place for everyone and not one-sided. 

  I know there are groups that are against this. The road would be built in an area that virtually has nothing there now. It’s not a highway in a national park, or a drill rig in the center of town. If building that road can improve the way of life for locals and tourists in Moab, then why not build it?

—Sabrina Randall

Moab

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