UDOT and Garden City Mayor eyeing fix for Bear Lake Boulevard

Aug 21, 2019, 6:29 PM | Updated: May 15, 2020, 4:05 pm

UDOT runaway truck ramp Garden City...

UDOT says they will build a runaway truck ramp at the intersection of US-89 and SR 30 in Garden City. FILE PHOTO: A dump truck hauling asphalt lost its brakes coming east down NB SR-89 (MM 499) at the T-intersection of N Bear Lake Blvd. in Garden City. (Photo credit: Matt Rascon, Steven Breinholt)

(Photo credit: Matt Rascon, Steven Breinholt)

SALT LAKE CITY — Within the last week, there have been two dangerous crashes on Highway 89 in Garden City, a small town near Bear Lake and about an hour from Logan.

And a year ago, another crash in the same area was fatal.

That’s why Garden City Mayor Mike Leonhardt wants to put a brake check station in the area by next week. And the Utah Department of Transportation is considering a runaway truck ramp or a cable system to stop semi-trucks from blowing through that stop sign.

Three accidents within one year

On Tuesday, the brakes went out on a dump truck hauling asphalt as it traveled north on Highway 89 at the intersection of North Bear Lake Boulevard (also referred to as State Route 30.) With no way to stop the truck drove through the intersection and through the parking lot of Raspberry Square. The truck finally stopped after it hit three garages attached to a condominium complex.

Even though two of the truck’s tires caught fire and the truck driver had to be extricated from the truck, they were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

And a witness thinks the truck had brake trouble.  “It was apparent, at that point he couldn’t stop. And as we ran over there, of course, the brake smell was just totally evident,”  George Vogel told KSL Newsradio.

Last week, on August 15, the Utah Highway Patrol reported that a semi-truck hauling chocolate milk flew through the same intersection of Highway 89 and State Route 30 and slammed into a storage shed. The shed was destroyed, and the driver had to be hospitalized with his injuries.

After the second crash, Garden City Mayor Mike Leonhardt said he couldn’t believe it.  “If I would have said that this would happen five days ago, and then another one? It just doesn’t happen,” he told KSL Newsradio.

The same intersection was the scene of a fatal accident last year.  In October 2018 truck driver Ahmed Abdelgader died after his truck smashed into Pugstones Sporting. That store was destroyed and never rebuilt.


We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

cellphone schools...

Peter Johnston

Bill that would remove competency test requirement for teachers looks ready to pass

Currently, those pursuing a teaching license in Utah are required to pass a classroom management test. However, it could disappear from Utah's teaching licensure requirements if a bill passes the Senate this week.

1 hour ago

Pro-Palestine rally
Caption:	Supporters of the campaign to vote "Uncommitted" hold a rally in suppo...

Gregory Krieg and Eric Bradner, CNN

What to watch for in the Michigan presidential primaries

The Michigan primary takes place on Tuesday Feb. 27, 2024. President Joe Biden and former president Donald Trump are expected to win.

2 hours ago

Cars drive on I-80 with a snowy mountain backdrop after snowstorms hit the Wasatch Front throughout...

Adam Small

Overnight storm clearing out but another storm is on the way

The overnight storm that hit northern Utah has mostly cleared however, another storm expected this weekend.

3 hours ago

Rebecca Bistany remains locked out of her husband Paul's iPhone, nearly a year and a half after his...

Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN

Making your online accounts accessible when you die

A password management company says we each person have an average of 100 online accounts, what happens to them?

3 hours ago

Utah's avalanche danger has been dangerous for the last week, with the Utah Avalanche Center report...


Skier severely injured following avalanche near Little Water Peak

A skier was injured after being caught in an avalanche on Monday Feb. 26. The skier was hoisted to safety.

4 hours ago

After starting the new year with poor air quality, Utah may finally be able to take a breath and fi...

Heather Peterson

New black carbon sensor is more portable but just as accurate, study finds

A new study from the University of Utah finds that recently released black carbon new units are just as accurate in detecting black carbon, but they are more portable and affordable.

5 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

UDOT and Garden City Mayor eyeing fix for Bear Lake Boulevard