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Planning Transportation for a Booming Population

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Brian Albers
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KUER
Traffic jam on Interstate 15 in South Salt Lake City, Nov. 26, 2021

How bad are our freeways? According to land-use planner and municipal engineer Charles Marohn, if someone tried to design a transportation system to create the maximum amount of congestion possible, the result would be the United States’ current system.

Anyone who has ever driven during rush hour knows the issue: Too many people on the road at the same time, being funneled through the exact same spot. Last month, the Utah Department Of Transportation released details on a $1.6 billion proposal to expand I-15 from Farmington to Salt Lake City. The public comment period is open until Jan.13, 2023, and there’s lots to discuss. Join us at 11 a.m. this Friday to understand the need for the expansion and how effective it might — or might not — be.

UDOT has extended the public comment period to Jan. 13, 2023. You can find that form here.

Airdate: Friday, Dec. 16, 2022 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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