Wednesday, February 20, 2013

New Roads Requiring More UDOT Maintenance Funding

By Lee Davidson | The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Feb 15 2013 11:02 am 
Recent completion of the massive widening and rebuilding of Interstate 15 in Utah County plus the first phase of the Mountain View Corridor in Salt Lake County may help speed traffic, but officials say they are creating an extra drain on already inadequate highway maintenance funds.
So the Legislature is considering increasing annual funding for road maintenance by 1.4 percent — adding an extra $4.56 million — to handle it. It is also looking at a one-time extra appropriation of $790,000 to buy snow removal and other equipment needed for the new extra-wide I-15 segment.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Bill advances to make it tougher to sue Utah over roads

Over objections from defense attorneys who say it goes too far, a bill to make it more difficult to sue the state over poor road design or conditions that contribute to crashes was endorsed unanimously Tuesday by the Senate Transportation Committee.
The sponsor of SB50, Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, said fiscal analysts figure the state could lose $1 million a year in lawsuits without the bill.