UDOT began an Environmental Impact Statement in the spring of 2018 for Little Cottonwood Canyon and Wasatch Boulevard in partnership with Utah Transit Authority and the U.S. Forest Service. Due to the wide variety of comments received during the initial scoping period and the complexity of the transportation challenges in the canyon, UDOT adjusted the study approach in order to identify and evaluate reasonable and practical solutions that will address immediate needs in the study area. The EIS will address the immediate challenges and inefficiencies of mobility, trailhead parking and avalanche mitigation in Little Cottonwood Canyon and traffic congestion on Wasatch Boulevard. The following specific improvements are under consideration as alternatives in the EIS:

  • Mobility
  • Avalanche mitigation
  • Trailhead parking at Bridge, Lisa Falls and White Pine
  • Wasatch Boulevard improved mobility for commuters and adjacent neighborhoods

The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carriedout by UDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated January 17, 2017, and executed by FHWA and UDOT

Photo by Bill Nalli