Utah talking tolls for Mountain View Corridor

| 11/14/2006

As the Utah Department of Transportation continues to eye tolling as the main funding source for the Mountain View Corridor, skeptics aren't so sure tolls are the best option - particularly when the word privatization is tossed around.

UDOT held a panel discussion Thursday, Nov. 9, to showcase a few ideas and to hear from the public on tolling and the Mountain View Corridor.

The main topic was the state's $16.5 billion funding gap in a proposed $23.5 billion roads projection.

Congestion in Salt Lake City is increasing and recent published editorials of area newspapers agree that a solution is needed.

But when privatization is talked about, at least one Utah newspaper - the? Daily Herald - is skeptical of a privately operated Mountain View Corridor.

The area being studied for the proposed corridor is about five miles wide, extending south of the Salt Lake City Airport to the Saratoga Springs area.

The state can either build and operate it, or lease operations to a private company.

So far, tolling is the only option being considered for the corridor, despite a resolution being considered by the Utah Transportation Commission that could reject tolling for the project.

As officials continue to discuss funding, public input is ongoing in the Salt Lake City region.

Log on to http://www.udot.utah.gov/mountainview/ to view the alternatives being considered and to enter a comment.