Guest post by Sally Lindsay, Huntsville
We all know that driving The North Ogden Divide or Trappers Loop in the winter presents special challenges. Closing the Canyon at 8 PM is very dangerous to valley residents, especially our teenage children. Driving from school activities over the North Ogden Divide at night in the winter is extremely dangerous, especially during storms. Driving over Trapper’s loop at night in the winter in potential whiteout conditions, presents the same dangerous conditions. Drivers will face highway isolation, the very real possibility of hitting a large animal, and accidents that might not be discovered until who knows when. This is absolutely unacceptable and another solution needs to be found.
We have all been co-operative about dealing with the canyon closures. This does not induce a cooperative spirit. It smacks of not wanting to pay for the extra people involved to keep the canyon open. It also smacks of ‘poor homework’ done by all involved. The company had plenty of time and did plenty of research. Conducting this project in the middle of winter was an interesting choice at best. If they have discovered problems, this is their problem and should not put residents in danger on top of inconvenience.