SALT LAKE CITY — Officials are soliciting feedback on a proposed redesign of 2100 South between 1700 East and 2300 East. This section of road will be undergoing scheduled pavement maintenance, including resurfacing, in mid-July.
According to a news release from Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s office, the design proposal recommended by the Salt Lake City Transportation Division would reduce traffic to one lane in each direction with a continuous center turn lane. Bike lanes may be added on either side.
The proposed redesign is intended to enhance safety for all road users, including drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists, according to the mayor’s office. Based on studies across the country, a redesign from four lanes of traffic to three lanes typically results in about 29 percent fewer crashes.Comment on this story
City officials say the drop has been mirrored in Salt Lake, where changes on a residential part of California Avenue (700 West to Redwood Road) and 1300 South (700 East to State) resulted in a 24 percent and 29 percent reduction in crashes, respectively. The percentage of injuries went down as well, with a 29 percent reduction on California Avenue and 27 percent on 1300 South.
“These proposed changes are all about safety,” Mike Reberg, director of the city's Department of Community and Neighborhoods, said in the statement. “Based on discussions we’ve had with the public already, many features of the project, including slowing traffic on the corridor, have community support.”
Residents may submit comments by visiting slcgov.com/opencityhall.