Public invited to provide input at transportation expo as road planners grapple with rapid growth

ST. GEORGE – Showcasing current and upcoming road projects, plans and programs, the 2019 Dixie Regional Transportation Expo rolls into the Dixie Convention Center Tuesday. State and local road planners will be on hand to answer questions and take input on projects and travel needs in the county.

Attendees at the 2017 Transportation Expo provide input to road planners, St. George, Utah, Feb. 7, 2017 | File photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

“Transportation planning affects all of us and is considered one of the biggest challenges as we continue to grow as a community,” St. George Mayor Jon Pike said previously. “The expo is an opportunity for residents to interact directly with those who are planning and designing our transportation infrastructure in Washington County.”

According the transportation’s expo’s website, public input was directly responsible for the installation of bicycle facilities at the Red Cliffs Drive-Bluff Street interchange when it was built. It was also responsible for helping shape the redesign of the Bluff Street-Sunset Boulevard intersection that came with the Bluff Street reconstruction project.

Read more: Bluff Street reconstruction project finishes ahead of schedule and under budget

In addition to roadway projects, the transportation expo will highlight discussions about trails, cycling, mass transit, air travel, transportation infrastructure, road safety and other related issues.

Continuing growth poses many challenges to Washington County’s short- and long-range transportation planning. The current population of about 160,000 is projected to double by 2035.

A resident eyes a map of Washington County on which people left opinions about future road infrastructure needs at the 2016 Dixie Regional Transportation Expo, St. George, Utah, Feb. 9, 2016 | File photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

“One necessary step in accommodating all this growth is a hard-line look at existing and future transportation facilities,” the expo’s website states. “Future roads, bus lines, bike trails, and sidewalks are being planned, redesigned, and contemplated right now.”

Specific roads that will be featured at the expo include:

  • River Road.
  • River Road Bridge.
  • Washington Parkway.
  • Washington Dam Road.
  • Washington Main Street widening.
  • Old Highway 91 in Santa Clara and Ivins.
  • The extension of the Southern Parkway through Hurricane.
  • State Route 9 through Hurricane.
  • Many other projects.

Those interested in learning more about the ongoing study for the proposed Mile 11 interchange on Interstate 15 will have the opportunity to get on update on the study’s progress. The project is controversial among some Washington City residents, as the proposed interchange could cut into the downtown residential area.

Read more: Still leery of downtown interchange, residents review proposed options for I-15 milepost 11 project

Presenting information at the transportation expo will representatives of Washington County and its various municipalities, officials from the Utah Department of Transportation, members of cycling associations and many others.

Event details

  • What: 2019 Dixie Regional Transportation Expo.
  • When: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Where: Dixie Convention Center Ballroom, 1835 S. Convention Center Drive, St. George.
  • Admission: Free.

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