Friday, January 9, 2009

Eagle Mtn. asks UDOT for another snow plow

When there was heavy snow Christmas week, Eagle Mountain City Hall started getting calls from folks complaining that State Road 73 was not plowed and dangerous to drive on.

City staffers explained that SR-73 -- the west-east main road that connects Interstate 15 to Saratoga Springs, Eagle Mountain and points west into Tooele County-- is the responsibility of the Utah Department of Transportation.

After several phone calls and meetings with UDOT, city officials said they are hoping the snow-days problem is solved.

Mayor Heather Jackson said she met Wednesday with David Nazare, a UDOT regional director, about the city's frustrations. She said UDOT only has two snow plows working in the area -- one for Redwood Road (SR-68) and one for SR-73.

Jackson said she is requesting that UDOT add a third plow this winter. In the long term, she is suggesting that UDOT permanently add a third snow play and a UDOT shed with equipment in the area.

UDOT spokesman Adan Carrillo said such ideas are being considered, but it will depend on state funding.

City officials said snow on the road also was a problem last year, and they have offered to sometimes plow if UDOT can't get to it.

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