Would you rather: A) pull into diagonal parking and back out into oncoming traffic, as is the norm for much of Moab, or B) back into diagonal parking and pull out with a full view of oncoming traffic, a newer traffic pattern now being used in many cities across the country?
Moab businessman Michael Liss Tuesday lambasted the city’s plan to build a four-story parking structure west of Main Street, claiming that “people never build parking structures if the land prices don’t justify it.” During a Chamber of Commerce luncheon Dec. 17, Liss told business leaders, “Our land is still priced low enough to make surface parking cheaper than a parking structure. Even in the very center of downtown.”
A joint effort undertaken by Grand County, the City of Moab and other entities to establish a regional transportation plan got a huge shot in the arm earlier this month when the Utah Department of Transportation awarded Technical Assistance Planning funds to the county. County Community and Economic Director Zacharia Levine said in announcing the award that the county and city have already signed cooperative agreements with UDOT, the State Institutional and Trust Lands Administration and San Juan County. The initiative will begin early in 2020.
Construction on a new parking garage in downtown Moab is scheduled to begin at the end of next year and be completed by the end of 2021. Consultants are set to begin designing the project as soon as Moabites provide input on how they want the project to work and look.
Work is winding down on the Highway 128 paving project. Crews continue to apply the final layer of asphalt. The roadwork that remains to be completed is all north of Dewey Bridge and working towards I-70, according to Utah Department of Transportation.
Motorists heading south on Highway 191 should expect delays roughly three miles south of Hole ”N the Rock between mileposts 107-109.
After two pedestrians died crossing Main Street last month, a side-by-side closely missed construction workers on Mill Creek Drive, and a collision with a car injured two motorcyclists, traffic safety is on the fore of many Moabites’ minds.
Seeking “a higher quality of communication” regarding the need to ease traffic congestion at Arches National Park and, by extension, elsewhere in Grand County, Grand County Council Member Curtis Wells and Moab City Council Member Kalen Jones have worked behind the scenes trying to find ways to solve one of the most vexing problems in the region.
Around 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 12 on her way home from work, Moab resident Petenia Pfnister collided head-on with a truck towing a covered trailer. Pfnister was in a 65 mile per hour zone on Highway 191 south of Moab. The collision broke her left arm in a couple of places, damaged her left ankle and her left hand, but she survived.
Work on Highway 128 from milepost 20 to its junction
with Interstate 70 resumed Monday as crews leveled lanes with asphalt from
milepost 20 to 24. Once finished, they will apply the final layer starting at
milepost 38 and work south.
The Utah Department of Transportation will begin a two-mile safety improvement project on U.S. Highway 191 as early as Monday, Aug. 19 between La Sal Junction and Hole-‘N’-The-Rock that will require regular road closures to accommodate blasting.
The Moab City Council in the last meeting of July approved an ordinance that does a number of things, but ultimately it will lead to extending a shared use path from where it currently ends at Emma Boulevard to Highway 191 and then north to Highway 128.