Guest Post by Kathy Peterson promoted from Facebook
Rich and I just
came up the canyon on this Friday evening Feb. 2 at 5:30 pm and the
traffic going down the canyon was backed up all the way to the Oaks.
There was no lead car and there was no flagman.
What are we supposed to
do about getting up and down the canyon in a timely manner? Should we
call the Ogden Police as this is a problem caused by Ogden city? We
certainly shouldn't (as taxpayers of Weber County) have to pay the
sheriff to come and take care of the problem. What is this doing to our
ski industry when tourists have to try to maneuver this mess.
about the lost business for those businesses in the canyon like the
Oaks, Alaska Inn and Gray Cliff? The curfew on the week nights is
ridiculous-8pm, really? And on the weekend, if you go to the early
movie, you still can't make it to the canyon before the supposed closure
at 10pm. The times should be 10pm on weeknights and 12 am on the
weekends. Half the time there is no evidence of work being done
overnight anyway, especially on the weekend. Does the contractor close
the canyon just so they don't have to pay someone to monitor the traffic
I think we citizens of Ogden Valley deserve more courtesy
and accommodation for our inconvenience. I for one will be at the Ogden
City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 6 pm to ask these questions of
the city council. Are they going to compensate the canyon businesses
for lost revenue due to this project that benefits the citizens of Ogden
only? And what about the dangers imposed to us when the canyon is
closed and the roads are icy and snow-covered and we are forced to risk
our lives to negotiate the North Ogden Divide or go all the way around
to Trapper's Loop?
During last week's storm, Rich had to negotiate the
Divide where even in 4-wheel drive, he was slipping and sliding around
every corner and trying to negotiate around cars that were at a
standstill while he went to get help. Please join me at the City
Council Meeting if you are ready to confront this situation and ask for
some relief from those who have instigated this issue.