Worse, that is where trucks especially huge oil tankers traveling between North Salt Lake refineries and Uinta Basin oil fields stop to check brakes or put on chains before heading down Daniel's Canyon.
The project will extend the passing lane beyond the summit and widen the shoulder to allow more space for trucks to pull off the roadway.
The commission approved that, coincidentally, after hearing a report presented to the Legislature earlier this month about how Uinta Basin could see huge growth in oil and natural gas production akin to the current boom in North Dakota except for one problem: the remote area lacks adequate transportation to handle it.
Unless that problem is solved, $30 billion worth of oil and gas may go undeveloped there over the next 30 years. It could cost Utah's economy $10 billion, and prevent creation of nearly 27,000 jobs, according to a study by UDOT and local governments in the basin.
Sen. Kevin Van Tassell, R-Vernal, has asked the Legislature to fund $3 million to start another study to look at possible solutions to the transportation problems which he has said could range from turning US-40 into a "super highway" to adding a rail line or pipelines.