Logan Canyon Highway
For the second time in nine years. the Utah Department of Transportation
(UDOT) is proposing an expansion and reduction of curves to the 6.7-mile
stretch of U.S. Highway 89 from Right Hand Fork to Ricks Spring in Logan Canyon.
Environmental groups and concerned citizens, including the Sierra Club, the
Bridgerland Audubon Society, Citizens for the Protection of Logan Canyon and
others, view this expansion as highly unfavorable and as a threat to the
beauty and quality of the Logan Canyon Recreation Area.
* Major impact on both environmental and visual quality of canyon. * Project contradicts national energy concern. * S0-90 percent of the project requires cutting into existing banks and vegetated areas. * "Waste poses a major engineering prcbblem." (Quote from project engineer)
Traffic Growth Factors
* UDOT uses an unrealistic expontential model. * A linear growth model better fits daily traffic data. * Traffic data used by UDOT are limited to one busy section of the highway, yet are used to describe the whole road. * Need for highway re-alignment not documented by current data.
* Suggested danger of Logan Canyon "Section III" is not supported by current data.
* A major discrepancy exists between accident rate data and traffic volume. * 1977 accident rate figured by the Utah Highway Patrol does not agree with UDOT report. * Statistical significance of accident data used is suspect.
* Numerous spills would encroach into Logan River from planned fills. * Silt deposits in the river would destroy trout habitat and breeding cycle. * Loss of riverside vegetation needed by trout for low light intensity. * Creation of any culverts would impair spawning success of trout. * Loss of vegetative barriers lessens the quality of fishing experience. * Major visual impacts would result from the cuts planned, especially the
two major cuts at the Temple Fork area, which would be, according to the engineer's report, 75 feet deep and as much as 150 feet across.
"IT'LL NEVER BE WORTH AS MUCH AS WE'VE PUT INTO IT (the project) ALREADY." --Gary Lindley, project engineer.
Mr. Les Abbey, Environmental Engineer
Utah Department of Transportation
128 17th Street
Ogden, Utah 84404
To demonstrate this is a controversial issue you should send copies
to those throughout the decision-making process:
Mr. George Bohn
Federal Highway Administration
125 So. State Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Mr. David Watt
Federal Highway Administration, Region 8
Denver, Colorado 80225
Mr. William Geise
Environmental Protection Agency
POINTS TO STRESS
Question need for major reconstruction as planned.
Proposal has major impact on both environmental and scenic qualities of canyon.
Need for an environmental impact statement to thoroughly analyze impacts and alternatives.
Ask that the EPA become a cooperating agency in the project analysis of the Logan Canyon Highway.
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