The Utah Transportation Commission has come up with its priority list for construction and repairs of rural roads. Topping the stack is adding another lane to Interstate 80 from the mouth of Parleys Canyon to Jeremy Ranch. What can the commissioners be thinking?
Those who drive I-80 through Parleys Canyon and have done so for years know that the highway is very seldom crowded, let alone congested. The only exceptions are when road construction is backing up traffic, when an accident blocks a lane or two or when winter weather occasionally slows the flow of traffic. But adding another lane would solve neither of those problems and would certainly, in the short term, make the first much worse.
A great deal of the auto traffic on I-80 in Parleys comprises motorists who live on the Wasatch Back commuting to jobs along the Wasatch Front and service workers who live in Salt Lake City driving up the canyon to jobs in Park City and Heber.