River Road congestion...
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Every time UDOT chip-seals and repaints a section of the Colorado River Road (SR 128) they use the exercise as an opportunity to eliminate one or two passing lanes. This practice worsens an already congested and unsafe condition when 12 or 20 vehicles back up behind some discourteous or inexperienced driver who wouldn’t dream of using one of the many pull-offs to let traffic resume a more normal flow.

The more passing lanes eliminated, the longer these lines grow.

Another thing, and more important on some level, this gradual elimination of passing lanes makes lawbreakers out of otherwise law-abiding locals who will continue to safely pass sightseeing snails, Winnebagos and plain ol’ slowpokes at those one-time passing lanes, solid double-yellow lines notwithstanding.

I can imagine a day when that whole stretch, from U.S. 191 to Cisco, will be one solid double-yellow line; on that same day there will also be solid lines of traffic, in both directions. Nowhere to go even if you could pass in that situation, I guess.

Young people look at me strangely when I tell them I’m glad I wasn’t born any later than I was. Maybe someday they’ll understand.

—Kevin B. McGann

Castle Valley

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