UDOT recreational hotspot funding for moab area 

Recreational hotspot conceptual project ideas for the moab area 

In 2017, the Utah Legislature allocated $100 million for projects to be prioritized by the Utah Transportation Commission that have a significant economic development impact associated with recreation and tourism and alleviate congestion. A Moab/Grand County community stakeholders committee identified 11 possible projects that might be eligible for state Hotspot funding in this area. Those projects were then ranked through a detailed "Decision Lens" system set up by the Utah Department of Transportation.

Ultimately, the local committee in 2017 applied for funding to build a parking structure on Center Street where the existing city parking lot is located, and also requested some funding for dispersed parking options. In 2018, the Utah Transportation Commission awarded a total of $10 million to the Moab area for those projects.

The Moab City Council recently voted to suspend plans for the parking structure and explore other options for the Arches Hotspot funding. A new committee -- the Arches Hotspot Region Coordinating Committee -- consisting of City Council, Grand County Council and citizen representation was formed to explore alternative projects. This committee has identified several projects based on the 11 conceptual projects identified by the 2017 stakeholders group. 

The committee will be asking for community input and ideas as committee members begin to develop alternative projects. 

Hotspot Committee Members 

                                                               Stakeholder Group

Curtis Wells (Chair)                                   Grand County
Mike Duncan                                              City of Moab
Kalen Jones                                               City of Moab
Karen Guzman-Newton                             City of Moab
Evan Clapper                                             Grand County
Jaylyn Hawks                                             Grand County
Wes Shannon                               Downtown Main Street Alliance

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PROJECTS IDENTIFIED BY THE ARCHES HOTSPOT REGION COORDINATING COMMITTEE (April 2020)

  1. Downtown Improvements
  2. South Recreation Parking
  3. Shared Use Path

This project would include:

  • Main Street Improvements
  • Off-Main Street Parking
  • Urban Design Components

Criteria Used in 2017 to Identify Potential Projects

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