The Dixie Metropolitan Planning Organization recently started working on an update to their Regional Transportation Plan. The plan will cover from 2019 to 2050 outlining which road and transit improvements are expected to become necessary within their boundaries, which encompass St. George, Washington City, Santa Clara City and Ivins City.
The plan is just one of many transportation projects that will be discussed at the 2018 Dixie Transit Expo.
“It’s a conglomeration of city master plans, and it shows these projects that are slated to happen in the next 10 or 15, or 20, up to 30 years,” said Cameron Cutler, Saint George public works director. “So it’s a good opportunity for people, the public to weigh in on projects, to give their input, to ask questions.”
Representatives from several southern Utah cities will be there, along with the Utah Department of Transportation.
“It’s an opportunity to be able get communities together, and not just the surrounding communities, but also the state,” Cutler said.
Last year, more than 900 people turned out for the event. Southern Utah’s population is growing, and so is its tourism industry. These are both priorities for future projects.
“The idea behind it is to create a forum, an expo, so that residents and public can come and find out about what projects are happening and which projects are slated to happen within the next few years,” Cutler said.
The expo will feature booths and displays about everything from roadway projects to plans for trails and buses. The event will take place Tuesday, Feb. 13 at the Dixie Convention Center Ballroom.