At least one Bountiful City Council member is not pleased with long-range traffic plans that do not include an east- bench route into the Salt Lake area.
Robert Gramoll said he is upset that the Wasatch Front Regional Council, which oversees transit planning for Davis, Salt Lake and Weber counties, has not aggressively sought the east- bench route."I know it is not a popular concept, but I'm a little upset when another layer of government comes in here and tells us we need more taxes," Gramoll said. "If you had any concern for Bountiful you would be putting more forceful pressure on Salt Lake for an upper access to Salt Lake City.
"Until you do, this is one set of deaf ears that your presentation will fall on," Gramoll said.
Gramoll's comments followed a presentation by Doug Hattery, a transit planner for the regional council. Hattery briefed the council on an updated transit plan for the south Davis and Salt Lake County areas through 2005.
Mayor Dean S. Stahle agreed that the Wasatch council should undertake some "arm twisting" to ease congestion in the Bountiful area.
"I feel strongly that the traffic problem is worse than we thought - that we are already behind," Stahle said. "We need to face the fact that if we continue to drive all these many cars, we will have to find a way to finance solutions."
Hattery said the top alternative involves widening I-15 as far north as Farmington. Similar widening projects are planned in Salt Lake County.
Another alternative is the proposed West Davis Highway, intended to skirt the Great Salt Lake and eventually connect with 56th West in Salt Lake County. This alternative faces funding problems and the unpredictability of the lake.
Quicker action can be expected for improvements along Orchard Drive, Hattery said. Within the next few years the road will be widened from 26th South to Fifth South and eventually to Centerville.
The long-range plan also calls for completion of Davis and Bountiful boulevards. Hattery said Bountiful Boulevard will eventually tie into Orchard Drive and U.S. 89. Davis Boulevard is only planned south to 38th South because North Salt Lake officials oppose plans to also tie it into the Beck Street area.
Hattery said the projects will cost about $2 billion, not including a proposed light transit system for the State Street/I-15 corridor in Salt Lake County.