Question: My work area is Building 1289. Yesterday (Monday, March 5), I had to go to a 4 p.m. dentist appointment in Bountiful. I left at 3:30 p.m. and spent 24 minutes just getting off the base and on to I-15, amounting to about 4/5ths of my normal commute time to and from my residence of Bountiful. Obviously, leaving at this time and taking the route I did was a big mistake. But why, oh why, should Hill workers be subjected to these kinds of delays just getting off base, despite the route they take?
There were choke points going up the ramp out of the western 1200 building area and at every stop sign and light thereafter, with the final wait being at the usual choke point at the light just before the freeway.
Is there anything being done at the very least, to allow ingress/egress from the western building 1200 area unimpeded by multiple stop signs, or anything else being done to relieve this overall logjam?
It's hard to escape the conclusion that the design/placement and operation of the new West Gate was not thought through very well in terms of the increased delays in getting to and from work areas.
Answer: Thank you for your question. I have received several concerns regarding the egress of the 1200 Zone and be assured that we are doing everything possible to help minimize traffic congestion. The many STOP signs were installed to allow conflicting traffic a safe access to the main thoroughfares and to alleviate individuals blocking intersections. Additional changes are under way, including synchronizing traffic lights, installing more STOP signs and looking at other alternative egress routes. Our efforts are to minimize frustrations and get everyone home safely. As you see additional changes, please always be cognizant of your surroundings, be courteous to fellow drivers and drive safely.