St. George: Congested Traffic Ahead

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) The St. George area is expected to double its population every ten years, and with that growth comes transportation troubles. 
On Tuesday, those issues and possible solutions took center stage during the Dixie Regional Transportation Expo at the Dixie Center. 
“The four years we’ve been here, [traffic has] just gotten heavier,” Wave Evans said. 
Evans said the route home gets so backed up, she regularly takes a detour through a shopping center on north Bluff St.
“It’s to hard to get through there and you can’t get over,” Evans said, who moved from Detroit.  
At the Dixie Regional Transportation Expo, Evans joined 600 other drivers curious about what’s happening next.
“Our goal is to reduce traffic congestion as much as possible. The good news is we can do a lot of stuff. The bad news is that it will never be better than it is today,” Dixie Metropolitan Planning Organization Director Myron Lee said. 
Projections show for every one car on the road today, there will be two or more by 2040. 
Several road projects are in the works, including a $50 million improvement project on Bluff Street.
In November, Washington County voters shot down Proposition 1, which would have collected more sales tax to fund transportation projects that would ease traffic congestion. 
“But that’s okay. We will wait for things. We will wait with the money that we have and be very careful with what we have,” St. George Public Works Director Cameron Cutler said. 
“When I drive to Salt Lake City, I realize the contrast, how hectic it is up there compared to here, especially at rush hour. I just appreciate what we have here,” Larry Staser said. 
Transportation organizers are holding a public comment period. Click here to give your input.

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