Alternative road improvements outside the NCA. READ MORE
- Red Hills Parkway to I-15 Fly-Overs or Viaducts
- Red Hills Parkway and Buena Vista Blvd. Improvements between I-15 exits 8 and 13
- Widen to 4-6 lanes (and straighten where possible) throughout entire length (Bluff St/SR 18 to Exit 13), starting with the eastern portion
- For busy Red Hills Parkway intersections (1000 E, Green Springs, 900 E), add tunnels and/or flyovers for left turns and dedicated lanes for right turns (could consider traffic circles as an initial phase)
- For less busy, but still problem intersections, add traffic circles
- Block access from minor roads that have other access points
- One-way synchronized (timed traffic lights) loop in downtown St. George using St. George Blvd. and Tabernacle
- Underpasses beneath I-15 at 2450 East (or optionally at East Ridge) and 400 East
- Transit Systems to relieve commuter and business congestion
- Circulator Trolleys – Dixie Regional Medical Center Route and Main Street/400 South Route
- Expanded East-West bus service and routes with decreased wait intervals during prime commuting hours
- Implementation of Vision Dixie Smart Growth Principles that focus growth in walkable centers, build balanced transportation, and guard signature scenic landscapes.
It is important that the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the BLM undertake a thorough study that compares alternative transportation improvements outside of the Red Cliffs NCA to the current planning document which only includes new construction through the NCA. As the applicant for a highly-controversial project, UDOT should be required to make a comparison between a future transportation plan that includes the proposed Northern Corridor/Washington Parkway in the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area and one that does not. The 2019-2050 Regional Transportation Plan does not make such a comparison. BLM and USFWS have the responsibility to make sure that UDOT completes such a study and provides a detailed report of their findings to be included in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).