Traffic Options Open At Wednesday's Meeting

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Payson's Surface Transportation Advisory Commission will meet Wednesday, March 5, at 4 p.m. in Town Hall to ponder citizen advice on slowing traffic on Mud Springs Road, as well as traffic control measures on the highway, including roundabouts and traffic signals.

The commission will go over suggestions offered at both a recent work study session and a meeting involving homeowners' associations that drew about 50 people this weekend, said commission chairman Tom Loeffler.

Much of the discussion will focus on how traffic humps, signs, striping and other measures can slow traffic sufficiently to prevent problems if the Town Council follows through on plans to extend Mud Springs Road to a junction with Highway 260.

Loeffler said that at the Wednesday meeting the commission will not discuss whether to extend Mud Springs, which is up to the council. The commissioners will discuss suggestions about how to prevent an extended Mud Springs from becoming a de facto highway bypass.

In addition, the commission will accept any citizen suggestions for changes on the Beeline and Highway 260 -- including discussion about whether a roundabout is the best way to connect Mud Springs to the highway, said Loeffler. After the Wednesday meeting, STAC will turn all the suggestions over to Town Engineer LaRon Garrett to come up with a plan for controlling traffic on Phoenix Street and Mud Springs -- probably within one to two months.

That plan will then undergo another round of STAC hearings before the commission adopts a recommendation to send back to the council, said Loeffler. A divided town council recently awarded a $42,000 engineering contract to design a roundabout connecting Mud Springs Road to Highway 260.

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