PRESS RELEASE: UDOT Announces Public Open House for Little Cottonwood Canyon Environmental Impact Statement

For Immediate Release

UDOT Announces Public Open House for Little Cottonwood Canyon Environmental Impact Statement

New study to address traffic congestion in Little Cottonwood Canyon

SALT LAKE CITY (April 9, 2018) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), Utah Transit Authority (UTA) and the USDA Forest Service (USDA FS) will host a public open house to address traffic congestion and safety in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Scheduled April 10 from 4 to 8 p.m., the public open house will allow the public to provide comments on the Little Cottonwood Canyon Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The open house will be held at Cottonwood Heights City Hall, 2277 E Bengal Blvd.

UDOT, UTA and USDA FS are conducting the Little Cottonwood Canyon EIS to address traffic congestion, safety, and public transportation options for residents, visitors, and commuters on SR 210 from Fort Union Boulevard to the Town of Alta, which includes Little Cottonwood Canyon Road.

In consideration of numerous previous studies and public involvement efforts carried out by a range of agencies and stakeholders regarding potential transportation improvements in the project study area, the EIS team will develop and evaluate a range of alternatives that reduce congestion and improve recreation and tourism experiences in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

The official public scoping period for the Little Cottonwood Canyon EIS runs through May 4, 2018. Official public comments on transportation challenges and issues in the canyon will be collected via email at and the study website at

The public can also get updates and notifications on the following channels:

  • Twitter: @UDOTlcceis
  • Facebook group: @UtahDOT under the page’s Groups: UDOT Little Cottonwood Canyon Environmental Impact Statement (LCC EIS)
  • Instagram: @utahtransportation

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


Media Contact
John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer
Cell: (801) 560-7740

2 thoughts on “PRESS RELEASE: UDOT Announces Public Open House for Little Cottonwood Canyon Environmental Impact Statement”

  1. David R. Smith

    Good presentation concerning transportation options for Little Cottonwood. As you do the study, I’d urge you to keep these factors in mind.
    1. Maintaining the environmental quality of the canyon should be one of the highest priorities. Most proposed improvements will have environment consequences, but every effort should be made to minimize them.
    2. Parking for private autos should not be increased in the canyon.
    3. Every effort should be made to replace the use of private autos in the canyon with mass transit. Any plan should include mass transit year-round and the needs of summer hikers should be accommodated.

  2. Chris Heninger

    25 years ago I sat in a truck with four other guys (we carpooled back then as we do now) on one of the biggest snow days in my memory waiting for the canyon to open. 25 years later I still wait in my vehicle to drive up the canyon on snow days. This has been the same senorio for my entire life (now 43) and unless you prevent avalanche concerns this will always be the case.

    Don’t take away my freedom to access my public lands on my own terms by forcing me to take a bus, and DON’T tax me additional for wanting to recreate on my public lands.

    NO parking structures are going to prevent guys like me from driving my truck up the canyon.


    1- get the ski resorts to build more parking for “Their” customers.

    2- make the cars that are waiting for the canyon to open continue to drive a loop so that the resident homeowners can move to and from their morning obligations with the flow of Traffic. This solves all the complaints from locals living along Wasatch.

    3- STOP, embellishing the traffic congestion via media outlets only to gain public support. These canyons are special, I love them just as much if not more than you and the traffic is no different than it was 30 years ago when I was traveling up and down those canyons as a youth. Don’t always evaluate this issue on weekends, try monitering it on tuesdays for example. Even during the summer.

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