Council Message: Prioritizing Connectivity and Infrastructure

thumb-council-message-april-2023By Councilmember Andy Pierucci

Our community has seen tremendous growth over the past decade. Growth, transportation and infrastructure impact us all, which is why these issues are a priority for me and the rest of the Riverton City Council. In fact, connectivity and infrastructure are one of the city’s four strategic themes, which are the city’s primary area of focus. We have been reviewing and updating the city’s five-year strategic plan during city council work sessions over the last few weeks and the issues surrounding growth, transportation and infrastructure have been the main topics of our discussions.

We are committed to finding ways to improve east-west connectivity in our city. This is especially a concern for the residents in Council District 1, who live on the western side of Riverton. The city is also engaged with our neighboring cities because we know that people live, work and shop across political borders. Given how interconnected our communities are, it is essential that we work together to improve transportation and infrastructure throughout our corner of Salt Lake County.

The mayor and city council have advocated for increased transportation and infrastructure funding for our community at the state and county level, and we have been successful in those efforts. We are working closely with the state and county on multiple transportation and infrastructure. We are eager for the UDOT Bangerter Highway and 13400 S freeway-style interchange project to get underway.

In addition to several road projects we are working on, we are committed to ensuring our residents can safely travel around our community by a variety of means, whether that is by car, bike, on foot or through public transit. We are developing a plan and identifying funding sources for a pedestrian bridge near the Welby Jacobs Canal to cross 13400 S to help improve the walkability of our city and increase the safety of our children as they go to and from school and then enjoy the amenities found at Mountain View Village.

Responsible growth, diverse and updated transportation networks and modern infrastructure have direct benefits to the lives of people, businesses and the overall economy and impact our quality of life. As a member of the Riverton City Council, I am committed to increasing the total amount of infrastructure investment in our community, while delivering better transportation outcomes for all of us.

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