UDOT to study costs of keeping high mountain passes open during winter

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  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 8:55 a.m.

    As much as I'd like to have a shorter route between Park City and my home in Sandy throughout the year, I think it would be a mistake to expend the resources to try and keep that and other similar routes open during the Winter. For those people who live on or near the routes or other intrepid travelers who would like to use them, let them buy the proper deep-snow transportation to handle the Winter conditions.

    I'd rather we expend more resources to improve the roads for use at other times of year. Guardsman Pass in particular.

  • No One Of Consequence West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 11:57 p.m.

    Apparently the legislature allocated $200,000 too much to UDOT this year.

    Residents (aka campaign contributors) who live or vacation along these winter-closed routes already know what it takes to access their residences - snowmobiles or snow cats. Exotic locales require exotic transportation.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 10:09 p.m.

    Should not even be worth studying.

    After all, with all the global warming headed our way snow will only be a dim memory among old timers within a year or two. Al Gore said so.

  • Biffmac DRAPER, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 7:57 p.m.

    The amount of recreational use on Big Mountain (SR65) when closed is amazing both motorized and non-motorized. Cyclists use it in the spring and skiers, hikers and hunters use it in the winter. The road really goes nowhere (Morgan has better access through Ogden Canyon) and people can go down Jeremy Road as an alternate...so it is a perfect one to leave as is and not waste $10K per storm to keep it open. Also the south side of the mountain gets very active drifting, so plows would be needed frequently.

    I say keep it closed and let people have a place to play that is free of charge. I was up there the last day it was open and two plows were stuck up there. There are no guardrails on many hairpin corners. SR65 is the last road to keep open. Let it be.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 7:07 p.m.

    Do we really want large numbers of unprepared and untrained recreating in the back country because they can easily drive in? How many people, who ignored weather warnings, will we have to go in and rescue?

    Keep them closed.