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The Arches Hotspot Coordinating Committee, consisting of Grand County, the City of Moab, a community representative, and the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), is exploring concepts to create additional on-street parking in the downtown core. The purpose is to create appealing and functional streetscapes that strengthen community life, expand business opportunities, and mitigate traffic congestion on and around the central Main Street area.
The Hotspot Committee is also exploring several other projects, including a recreation parking area along South U.S. 191 outside of town; a shared-use path connecting Spanish Valley to existing paths in Moab and possibly San Juan County and the La Sal Loop Road; and the potential for a limited transit system. Additional community outreach and surveys will be available in the near future as more details are available for those potential projects.
The current effort is focused on downtown parking. Over recent weeks, an Arches Hotspot Subcommittee has been studying examples of streets in other cities that have been transformed to better balance the competing needs of all road users. Through this "complete street" approach, the goal is to redesign downtown side streets in ways that encourage greater pedestrian and bicycle activity while also supporting the emerging needs of businesses, transit, and traditional motor vehicles.
Streetscapes that include angled and perpendicular parking and median parking are currently under primary consideration. These concepts have been initially assessed as particularly suited for providing additional parking and other valued streetscape features.
If selected, capital infrastructure for this work will be funded by UDOT as part of the state’s Hotspot funding program.
The group is seeking community input on these parking concepts to help inform the committee’s recommendations moving forward.
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