Grand County and Moab City’s unified transportation master plan hasn’t been updated in over 20 years, according to Moab City Engineer Chuck Williams, who on Wednesday presented a new master plan to the city council.
There have been significant City transportation projects in the past few years, including new parking areas near Center Street and plans for a public transportation route and vehicle, called the “Moab Area Transit.” But most Moabites use county transportation resources every day, and vice versa: The new plan outlines six new strategies, including a pedestrian and bicycle safety awareness campaign, sidewalk and pathway connectivity, and traffic signal improvements; and identifies 38 improvement projects.
The projects were determined by stakeholders, community members, the city council, and a technical advisory committee. The projects break down into three areas: active transportation improvements and planning assessments (19), roadway improvements and assessments (14), and parking and transit approvements (5). The assessment areas include the 100 West corridor, Spanish Trail road planning, and a parking evaluation for US-191 (Main Street).
Councilmember Kalen Jones had a few questions that referred to the differences in the City of Moab’s roadway and sidewalk standards versus the county’s—Williams said many of the projects present a collaboration.
“There was some give and take,” he said.
Members of Moab’s community can add their thoughts during a public open house on Thursday, June 23. The open house will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Grand Center (182 N. 500 W.). Materials can be found on the project website, www.grandcountymoabmp.com.
The Moab City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. Meetings are streamed online at the Moab City Youtube channel. Schedules, agendas and opportunities for public comment can be found at www.moabcity.org