The Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce has thrown conditional support behind the modified multiuse road plan for Provo Canyon proposed by the Provo Canyon Parkway Committee.
In a letter sent to the Utah Department of Transportation for inclusion in the final environmental impact statement for the canyon, chamber members said their primary concern is safety in the canyon and that road construction be completed as quickly as possible.The letter said the chamber supports the modified plan with several conditions. Those conditions include a request that a committee composed primarily of Wasatch County residents be allowed to review the plan, particularly as outlined for the Wasatch County area; that final road design maintain a 50 mph standard; and that the final design selected be connected to U.S. 40 at or near the current junction at the south end of Heber City.
The chamber expressed concern over any road design proposal that might bypass Heber City. The letter said such a road alignment would be devastating to businesses in Heber, and that "Wasatch County continues to be severely impacted by governmental seizure of prime land to provide for the water and recreational needs of the Wasatch Front."
The chamber joined other entities calling for a separate bicycling/hik-ing path using the railroad right of way through Provo Canyon, and asked that an information center proposed for the Murdock Canal area in Provo Canyon be designed as a joint center for both Utah and Wasatch counties.