Public Comment Period Ended – Transportation Improvement Program

The Dixie MPO Received 45 comments on the proposed Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) during the official public comment period in July 2018. That official comment period is now closed, however the MPO still welcomes public input on its programs and projects as noted below.

In January 2018, the MPO identified $2.3 million in funds that could be programmed to projects in STIP Year 2022. Three separate applications applied for the funds:

MPO officials proposed the STIP Year 2022 funds be allocated as follows:

  1. $2 million to construct Washington Parkway from I-15’s Exit 13 to Green Springs Road (Project #16646). Together with previous actions by the MPO, a total of $4.6 million is programmed to this project. Washington City agreed to pay the local match requirements plus any additional costs of the project. A concept report and map are available at Washington Parkway.
  2. $300,000 to re-construct and widen Old Highway 91 from 200 East to Shivwits Reservation in Ivins. Funds now programmed for the project total $2.6 million. Ivins City agreed to pay the local match requirements plus any additional costs of the project. A concept report and map are available at Old 91.

The public comments received in July are now under consideration with action on this item anticipated in September 2018.

The official comment period ended Friday August 3rd, 2018. However public input is still welcome via email to, or mailed to Myron Lee at 1070 W. 1600 South, St. George, UT 84770.


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Transit Study: St. George to Springdale?

The St. George to Springdale Public Transit Feasibility Study is now available. The study was conducted by the KFH Group, Inc. under contract with the Five County Association of Governments and the Dixie MPO.

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2015-2040 Regional Transportation Plan

The 2015-2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) is the culmination of transportation planning efforts for urban areas of Washington County, Utah.

The purpose of an RTP is to foster a coordinated plan for the transportation of people, goods, and services by focusing on safety, air quality, congestion management, corridor preservation, public transit, pedestrian movement, and respect for environmental constraints.

The plan is available on this web site as the Full Document or as individual chapters:

Chapter 1 Executive Summary

Chapter 2 Need and Purpose

Chapter 3 Vision and Mission

Chapter 4 Projected Transportation Demand

Chapter 5 Financial Plan

Chapter 6 – Existing and Proposed Facilities

Chapter 7 Safety Management

Chapter 8 – Security

Chapter 9 Congestion Management

Chapter 10 – Corridor Preservation

Chapter 11 Environmental Mitigation

Chapter 12 Active Transportation

Chapter 13 Transit Service

Chapter 14 Public Involvement

Chapter 15 Freight

APPENDIX A – Maps Index


Appendix D.1 — Public Comments and Responses

Appendix D.2 TranspoExpoReportFinal_2015_3-17

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Washington Parkway Study: Integration of East-West Transportation Needs with Conservation Objectives for Desert Tortoise in Washington County, Utah

Several transportation-related issues exist today on the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. Furthermore, the capaicity of current roadway networks outside the reserve will not support future traffic demands. The Washington Parkway Study: Integration of East-West Transportation Needs with Conservation Objectives for Desert Tortoise in Washington County, Utah (NWP_Final_Report) illustrates that a context sensitive approach to roadway design and associated management can ameliorate many existing threats, contribute to improving conditions, and provide future management options for the tortoise on the Reserve. The study further recommends a process whereby agencies could work cooperatively to identify a roadway that contributes to the conservation of the tortoise and its habitat while addressing long-term transportation needs.

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Hurricane to Zion Canyon Transit Study Published

The Hurricane to Zion Canyon Transit Study evaluates the feasibility of providing transit service between Hurricane and Springdale, which would serve Zion National Park and communities along the corridor.

The purpose of the Hurricane to Zion Canyon Transit Study is 1) to evaluate the potential demand for transit ridership between Hurricane and Springdale, 2) to identify and define the characteristics of a transit service that matches the context of the study corridor and its expected transit ridership demand, and 3) to
estimate the cost to implement and then run such a transit service.

To view the Transit Study please use THIS LINK or the “Plans, Reports & Studies” web page using the link button at the bottom of any page on this web site.  On that page look for the “Just Posted” tag.

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Dixie Bus Rapid Transit Feasibility Study

This study evaluated the feasibility of establishing rapid transit service between the City of St. George, Hurricane City, and the new St. George Airport. The study was commissioned by the Dixie Metropolitan Planning Organization (Dixie MPO) to examine Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) – a rubber-tired transit system similar to light rail, but with greater operating flexibility and potentially lower costs.

To view that study please use THIS LINK (Note: this is a 1.98MB PDF file that requires a PDF viewer)

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I-15 South Environmental Assessment

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT)  is currently undertaking an environmental assessment on I-15 in the southern portion of Washington County. The purpose of the I-15 South Environmental Assessment (EA) project is to prepare a study to consider transportation improvements to I-15 between Mileposts 0 and 16, a distance of approximately 16 miles. The project area runs through the City of St. George and Washington City.

To learn more about this environmental assessment, please use THIS LINK (This is a web link to a UDOT web page)

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