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Group Asks Salt Lake City To Make 600 North Safer For Pedestrians

As the Salt Lake City council wraps up budget talks, some residents are hoping to convince council members to fund improvements to what they say is one of the most dangerous roads in the city.

Residents who live in Salt Lake City’s Rose Park neighborhood say traffic exiting I-15 onto 600 north, moves dangerously fast.  

“There’s been a number of accidents, both pedestrian and auto,” says Blake Perez, Chair of the Rose Park Community Council. “There’s even been a few deaths.”

The community council submitted an application to the city last year for safety improvements.  The group is asking for bulb outs or curb extensions to reduce the distance pedestrians have to walk to cross the road and flashing beacons to alert drivers to crossing pedestrians. The roughly $80,000 request wasn’t included in the mayor’s budget proposal. But Perez hopes the council will include it in the budget they approve.

“The community in the way that we’ve acted and presented ourselves has been tactful and tasteful and I have some belief that a pedestrian safety project will get funded,” Perez says.

Tonight is the last night the council is scheduled to take public comment on the 2016-2017 budget. 

Councilman James Rogers, who represents Rose Park says he’s communicated the urgency of the issue to the rest of the council and he feels optimistic that the project will be funded. 

Whittney Evans grew up southern Ohio and has worked in public radio since 2005. She has a communications degree from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, where she learned the ropes of reporting, producing and hosting. Whittney moved to Utah in 2009 where she became a reporter, producer and morning host at KCPW. Her reporting ranges from the hyper-local issues affecting Salt Lake City residents, to state-wide issues of national interest. Outside of work, she enjoys playing the guitar and getting to know the breathtaking landscape of the Mountain West.
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