MEGA Street Fair set for Aug. 5 in Eagle Mountain

EAGLE MOUNTAIN — Ready to go on a shopping spree?

The city is sponsoring a MEGA Street Fair Saturday, Aug. 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Peregrine Road.

The event, which aims to support small business in the region, will feature more than 100 retailers ready to showcase their goods and services, such as apparel, jewelry, furniture, books and cosmetics.

In addition, there will be eight food trucks on hand, local dance groups and a giant color-by-numbers mural that anyone can help with.

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UDOT to create a new east-west connection across I-15 in Layton

LAYTON — A new, nearly $24 million project is underway that will create a new east-west connection across I-15 between Main Street (state Route 126) and Hill Field Road and clear traffic in downtown Layton.

For some drivers, spending any time at Hill Field Road and Main Street can be a bit frustrating.

“It’s terrible,” said driver Lorri Rogers. “I avoid this area, usually, because of the way they’ve designed the traffic.”

“The left turns are ridiculous,” said driver Allen Brayton with a laugh. “Don’t like that part.”

Over the last couple of years, the Utah Department of Transportation made some improvements that alleviated some of the congestion in the area with ThrU turn intersections and a new interchange at Hill Field Road. ThrU Turn intersections eliminate long left-turn lights. Instead of turning left at a designated intersection, drivers will move through that intersection and into a “bulb out,” or a lane that extends outside the normal traffic lanes where drivers will make a U-turn. From there, drivers will turn right at that intersection where they would have made a left turn.

But construction started earlier this week on a bridge that could help give drivers another option. The project will connect 1425 North on the east with a bridge across I-15 to the existing roadway between Kohl’s and the Cutrubus Motors body shop, just north of the Layton Hills Mall.

“That will provide a really smooth way for people to go from the west side of Layton over into the mall area, without further congestion at that interchange and that area right around the mall,” UDOT spokesman Vic Saunders said.

The project, which is a combined effort between UDOT and Layton, also includes improvements to the intersection at Main Street and Layton Crossing; Angel Street will become a cul-de-sac …read more

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Check in to get away: Zion park aims to require reservations

SALT LAKE CITY — It would be a first for a U.S. national park: requiring reservations to get in.

But it’s an option Zion National Park officials are considering to manage an overwhelming surge of visitors to the sweeping red-rock vistas and canyons in Utah.

Zion, which welcomed 4.3 million people last year, is weighing online reservations for those who want to explore its main canyon. National Park Service rangers struggle to cope with overcrowded tour buses and alleviate damage to Zion’s natural wonders, including soil erosion and human waste near trails.

People without reservations could pay an entrance fee and drive through the park, but they couldn’t stop to hike or picnic.

“We have to do something,” park spokesman John Marciano said.

With limited budgets, Zion’s park service rangers routinely see long lines and plants trampled by visitors who also have cut some 30 miles of their own trails.

Zion isn’t the only U.S. national park with swelling numbers of tourists, and at least two national parks, in California and Hawaii, are testing more limited reservation systems for parking.

Overall, more than 330 million people visited U.S. national parks in 2016, a record. Visits were bolstered by the improving economy, cheap gas and marketing campaigns for the National Park Service’s 2016 centennial.

Zion is the fifth-most-visited park in the national park system. It’s particularly susceptible to overcrowding because many of its iconic cliffs and trails are located in the narrow, 6-mile-long Zion Canyon. The park already urges visitors to take a shuttle between March and November.

After a series of public meetings, Zion rangers are proposing an online reservation system, similar to the way campsites are reserved now. While certain hikes and activities require permits or reservations, the new system would apply to the entire main corridor of the park.

The number of reservations would be based on capacity, …read more

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