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    The Moab City and Grand County councils last week appointed members to the fledgling Southeastern Utah Regional Transportation Plan Stakeholders Group.

    In partnership with the Utah Department of Transportation, the group — whose mission is similar to another stakeholder’s group on the Wasatch Front — will focus long term on needed transportation improvements over the next two to three decades, with attention paid to “roadway, transit and active transportation facilities paired with the appropriate land use that is identified, modeled, selected and phased, with the help of region-wide transportation partners.”

    The Moab City Council chose Mayor Emily Niehaus and Council Member Kalen Jones to serve, as well as City Planner Nora Shepard and Assistant City Engineer Mark Jolissaint. Businessperson Joe Kingsley and Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks Executive Director Joette Langianese also were appointed. The Grand County Council appointed members Evan Clapper and Gabe Woytek.

    According to the UDOT website, “Transportation is the backbone of every community, large and small, as well as the tendons that tie communities together in a transportation system.”

    On the local level, the group could look at downtown congestion in tandem with the recently re-established Arches Hotspot Funding Committee, as well as a potential bypass and other possible solutions to a strained road network.

    The appointees were chosen specifically for their respective subject matter expertise. UDOT officials will ensure that provable analysis and evaluation methods are used to “determine the best transportation improvements.”

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