Officials Say Utah Roads Could Withstand Natural Disaster

Officials Say Utah Roads Could Withstand Natural Disaster

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah Department of Transportation officials say they're prepared if a natural disaster the caliber of Hurricane Katrina were to hit Utah.

U-D-O-T officials say their employees know what to do and how to do it if an emergency were to arrive. Employees have been preparing since the 2002 Winter Games to respond to a large-scale disaster.

Key areas of concern to U-D-O-T would be bridge safety plus I-15 and I-80, which are both critical roads. I-15 bridges in Salt Lake County have been designed to resist a significant earthquake, which is the mostly likely natural disaster to hit Utah.

Utah Transit Authority is also prepared for a natural disaster, which operates TRAX and the bus. U-T-A officials say they are prepared to mobilize bus operators to transport people. They say TRAX would likely NOT be an effective resource because it's powered by electricity that could be unavailable initially.


Information from: Deseret Morning News

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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