Transportation was a major goal of The Mountain Accord, with studies and improvements for the Cottonwood Canyons focused on increasing transit use, biking, and walking and decreasing single-occupancy vehicle use. Multiple studies were conducted under Mountain Accord and UTA co-direction which identified key local and regional transportation issues to be evaluated and implemented in the Cottonwood Canyons. Expanded ski bus service in the Cottonwood Canyons was one result of those studies.
Building on the initial work by Mountain Accord, UTA, and UDOT, the Central Wasatch Commission is tasked with coordinating among the affected jurisdictions and State transportation agencies to address equity and regional mobility in the Cottonwood Canyons and surrounding areas.
To consider longer term needs, a working relationship between CWC and UDOT has been developed to conduct additional planning studies to address equity and regional mobility in the Cottonwood Canyons and surrounding areas. All studies will feature a robust public process, including public comment periods and meetings, email updates and notifications and project information shared on social media channels and the project website.
Little Cottonwood Canyon Environmental Impact Statement
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) began an Environmental Impact Statement in the spring of 2018 for Little Cottonwood Canyon and Wasatch Boulevard. Regional mobility and equity between the canyons indicated a need for a robust approach that is beyond the scope and immediate needs of Little Cottonwood Canyon alone. UDOT adjusted the scope of the EIS to address the immediate challenges of traffic congestion at key intersections, trailhead parking and canyon closures in Little Cottonwood. The following specific improvements are moving forward:
- Avalanche Sheds
- Lane improvements from SR-210/SR-209 intersection to Wasatch Resorts Driveway
- Trailhead parking will be evaluated at Bridge, Lisa Falls and White Pine
- Wasatch Boulevard improved mobility for commuters and adjacent neighborhoods