Dixie Regional Transportation Expo Coming Feb. 9, 2016

DIXIE REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION EXPO
February 9th, 2016; 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Dixie Convention Center Ballroom

**FREE Community Event**
 
St. George, UT – The 2016 Dixie Regional Transportation Expo is the place for all who drive, walk, bike or use public transportation in Washington County to become better informed on current and future transportation projects and to have a voice in regional transportation planning.  
 
As Utah’s population and tourism increases, travel demand have grown and will continue to pose significant demands on the transportation system throughout the state.  Like the rest of the state, Washington County faces the substantial challenge of meeting travel demands with limited financial resources to maintain, preserve, improve, and expand transportation infrastructure.  Last year, Washington County had a one-year housing growth rate of 2.9 percent — second-highest in the state — with more than 1,700 new homes.  Though this type of growth is sustainable, as opposed to the rip-roaring growth in the early 2000’s, a comprehensive plan and strategy to manage systems such as transportation is key.  The Transportation Expo plays an important role in the overall Regional 2016-2040 Transportation Long-Range Plan.
 
Bill Swensen, Project Manager for the City of St. George is coordinating the event.  He explains, “Our tag line this year states that the Transportation Expo is where a 30-minute walk can put you “in the know” and “help us grow”.  And, this really is true.  Our goal is to share information and provide a venue for our residents to share their ideas and input so that we can provide improved transportation services and solutions for everyone.”
 
This year’s Expo will be held Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Dixie Center Ballroom at the Dixie Center St. George, 1835 S. Convention Center Drive, in St. George. The event is free and all are welcome and encouraged to participate. 
 
Representatives from surrounding cities, the county and Utah Department of Transportation will be available to explain transportation projects and studies and take comments on projects, including:
 

  • Sunset/Bluff Interchange
  • Bluff Street/St. George Blvd. Improvements
  • I-15 Widening and Mall Drive Underpass
  • Southern Parkway Improvements
  • Old SR 91 Improvements
  • Hurricane City 400 South Reconstruction Project
  • I-15 Interchange at MP11
  • Washington Fields Road Widening
  • River Road/Fort Pierce Bridge Widening
  • St. George City Active Transportation Plan and updated information on St. George Parks and Trails
  • SunTran Bus System
  • St. George Airport Possible New Routes & Tourism Programs
  • And much, much more!! 

 
This is the best opportunity for residents to learn about projects and to provide comments and feedback on the Regional 2016-2040 Transportation Long-Range Plan including the above listed projects.  Public feedback is an integral element in planning efficient and effective roadways; every resident will have the chance to impact the future look of transit in our area. 
 
Programs and displays at the Transportation Expo this year will include:
 
Hybrid and Vintage Vehicles – Promoting alternative fuel options and economy strategies that support smart transportation practices such as Idle Free Utah and the Clean Air Challenge.
 
Southern Utah Bike Alliance – Presenting a creative assortment will include bikes to reflect and illustrate
the range of cycling opportunities in Washington County.  The display supports their mission to help southern Utah communities achieve the Road Respect Community Designation, a statewide initiative that began five years ago with the Utah Department of Transportation, Utah Highway Patrol and Zero Fatalities designed to create mutual respect on the road.
 
St. George Police Department/“Heads Up Thumbs Up” – A fun, educational, important and impactful program that educates residents as to the dangers of distracted driving and how it affects lives right here in our own community.
 
Event Details:
 

  • What:  2016 Dixie Regional Transportation Expo
  • When:  Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Where: Dixie Center Ballroom of the Dixie Center St. George, 1835 S. Convention Center Drive, St. George
  • Tickets: Free

 
“Every resident has a vested stake in transportation planning.  This Expo is designed to ignite and support public participation.” said Swensen. “We hope to see, meet and talk with as many Washington County residents as possible.”
 
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Written/Distributed By: Dawn McLain, Write It Up!
 
Contact:  Bill Swensen
Address:  City of St. George
                175 E. 200 North
                St. George, UT 84770 
Phone:    435-627-4128
Email: Bill.swensen@sgcity.org
Web:  www.dixietransportationexpo.com; www.sgcity.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dixietransportationexpo

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