The Utah State Legislature authorized UDOT to spend $100 million, known as “Recreation Hotspot Funding”, on projects prioritized by the Transportation Commission that have a significant economic development impact associated with tourism, expanded recreation options, and helps to alleviate congestion. These funds will be distributed in several regional areas across the State. The Transportation Commission preliminarily allocated a portion of this money be spent on transportation projects in the Zion Canyon/Washington County area.
Several projects have been submitted for our area. These have been reviewed and prioritized by a group of UDOT representatives and local elected officials. This group has recommended the Transportation Commission fund the following proposed projects, listed in priority order, for the Zion Canyon/Washington County area:
- Big Plains Road (Smithsonian Butte Road Paving)
- St. George to Springdale Transit
- New connection from Smithsonian Butte Road to SR-9 (in conjunction with project 1 above)
- Sheep Bridge Road Paving
- Park-n-Ride at the west end of Rockville (near the UDOT borrow pit)
The Transportation Commission will make their final decision regarding project funding awards in April 2018. Once funding is approved, UDOT will work with the agencies and communities that submitted projects to get them designed and completed.