Business owners hope to survive state Highway 14 landslide

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  • Thidder MAPLETON, UT
    Feb. 3, 2012 8:25 a.m.

    I have a great idea. Move the slide to a canyon in Salt Lake County and it will be cleared out in two weeks. Have to remember the State line ends at Santiquin.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 3, 2012 4:04 a.m.

    The pitfalls of community's putting all their economic resources on one basket of eggs. If this is so devastating for one little city does anyone have enough imagination left in the state and its determined efforts to make this whole state to route tourist across the country? Tourism is not a resource any city or state can depended on to sustain an economy or lifestyle that has value or meaning. Tourism is a good economy to sustain poverty but not much else.

    Tourism is always a risky investment and it only takes one season to destroy the assets and invested costs to create and try to make something meaningful. So what do these people on SR14 want the people of this state to do? Send them all welfare checks to get over hard times of risky business ventures interrupted by natural disaster? The business took the risk they cover their own losses.

  • Spoc Ogden, UT
    Feb. 2, 2012 11:13 p.m.

    Rock, I cannot endorse your attitude but I agree with your suggestion.

    It is a Utah state highway which means they are the owners. That makes them responsible for maintenance and repairs. Since the state budget for transportation is $667m, this $10m is less than 1.5%.

    The lack of business for the snowmobile shop is at least partly attributable to lack of snow. However, the lack of snow has also left a fat load of cash unused in the snow removal budget for both the state and county.

    Cut the apron strings and git er done, Utah!

  • Rock Of The Marne Phoenix, AZ
    Feb. 2, 2012 5:33 p.m.

    What. So called conservatives in So. Utah put there hand out to the Feds yet bash them every chance they get. What bunch of hypocrites. Why aren't they taking care of it themselves or do they only want local control if they don't have to pay? Not good for credibility.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 2, 2012 4:19 p.m.

    'And the impact may last longer than winter, which has businesses here concerned if they can survive the lengthy repair schedule for the Utah Department of Transportation...' - article

    Oh, look!

    The state, is trying to clear out the highway due to a natural disaster.

    This, is 2 things:

    1) an example of goverment, helping American citizens.

    2) The 'socialism' that everyone keeps warning us about.

    As, the business owners, in a very valid situation...

    are not clearing the highway, themselves.