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December 31, 2013
Please blame yourself

This is in response to Addam Smith’s letter to the editor dated Dec. 24, 2013 (Safety is Compromised). Mr. Smith, your letter proved to be very interesting to say the least. You state that you have been commuting to Salt Lake City for the better part of 10 years and have not figured out yet that the 10 miles, which is actually 12 miles of state Route 36 you complained about, is in fact a State Route not a County Route.

There are seven roads in Tooele County that the four or five state-owned plows must clean. That does not sound like many roads, but when you start to figure out the miles, they add up real quick. The longest one is Interstate 80. It is roughly 102 miles long; state Route 36 is roughly 66 miles; state Route 112 is roughly 9 miles; state Route 73 is roughly 16 miles; state Route 138 is roughly 20 miles; state Route 199 is roughly 22 miles; and state Route 196 is roughly 7 miles.

Now multiply those miles by two, because the road goes two directions. It comes out to roughly 485 miles of road that need to be plowed so that someone will not slip, slide or cause damage to themselves or other people and/or miss work because someone leaves their house at the same time they normally do on a day they can drive 80 mph.

Everybody wants to blame someone. Well sir, instead of blaming the county, please blame yourself for living in Tooele and driving to Salt Lake City because you are part of the commute problem. If you want to have nice clean roads to commute on every time you want to go to work, move to Salt Lake City where they have, and I quote, “The roads were magically free of snow.” Salt Lake County has much more equipment to clean the highways because of their one million plus population instead of the 56,000 population  in Tooele County (both based on 2010 census).

Ken Shields


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