ST. GEORGE – City and county officials will be at the Confluence Trailhead near Dixie Center Tuesday morning to support the Utah Transportation Coalition‘s launch of an educational campaign focused on raising public awareness concerning the need for increased transportation funding for projects necessary to meet the growing needs of Washington County and the state.
Marc Mortensen, assistant to the St. George city manager, said that while transportation needs as whole will be discussed, there will also be a special emphasis on “active transportation” needs as well.
Active transportation includes walking and cycling, and additional funding is needed to help keep up with the growing demand for infrastructure that includes walking paths and bike trails, Mortensen said.
Another focus of the statewide campaign is to help the public understand what their tax dollars do and do not do in relation to transportation infrastructure. It is hoped that through education, the public will influence how state legislators approach funding needs in the upcoming 2015 legislative session, Mortensen said.
According to a news release from the coalition organizers:
Through smart, sustainable transportation projects, the business-led Coalition is working with the Utah League of Cities and Towns and the Association of Counties to address Utah’s growing population, estimated to double by 2050. Adequate funding for transportation systems will stimulate economic development in the area by creating efficient distribution channels, open markets for moving products and services, and ensure reliable access to world-class recreational activities.
Area officials anticipated to be on hand to support the campaign will include St. George Mayor Jon Pike, Ivins Mayor Chris Hart, Washington County Commissioner Victor Iverson and Myron Lee, director of the Dixie Metropolitan Planning Organization.
People are invited to bring their bicycles, as a bike ride will take place from the Confluence Trailhead near the Dixie Center following the news conference.
- When: 10:30 a.m.,Tuesday, Nov. 18
- Where: Confluence Trailhead by the Dixie Center, 1835 S. Convention Center Drive in St. George
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