Utah lawmakers react to Little Cottonwood Canyon gondola announcement

Aug 31, 2022, 4:56 PM | Updated: 4:58 pm
A Gondola Works sign that has graffiti on it in is pictured near Little Cottonwood Canyon on Wednes...
A Gondola Works sign that has graffiti on it in is pictured near Little Cottonwood Canyon on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. (Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News)
(Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News)

LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah — Following the announcement from the Utah Department of Transportation supporting a gondola in Little Cottonwood Canyon, several Utah lawmakers have shared their opinion on the move.

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson told Dave and Dujanovic that the community still had time to speak and act before the decision is finalized.

Wilson said the state should be using a phased approach instead; investing in electric busing and moving people through carpooling. The UDOT will use the phased approach as it works on funding for the gondola.

Wilson also brought up that she thinks the gondola is too expensive and voiced concern that the gondola would create more traffic issues through the parking garage that’ll be used for it. 

“I’ve already asked my team to start looking at locations where we could have regional transit hubs that serve our communities,” Wilson offered as a solution.

Sandy Mayor Monica Zoltanski said she would have preferred that the UDOT dismiss the gondola, but said she agreed with the phased approach the agency would take in the meantime.

“Now is the time for residents, environmental groups, ski resorts, developers, and elected officials to work together to deliver real progress to manage user demand for the canyon we all love and want to protect.”

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall released a statement explaining the city’s role in the Little Cottonwood Environmental Impact Statement the UDOT’s decision was based on. Mendenhall expressed support for the use of a phased approach but said she was concerned about the gondola’s watershed and environmental impact.

Rep. Suzanne Harrison, D-Draper, also released a statement on the decision. She said, “Taxpayer-funded transportation solutions should benefit all residents, not just ski resorts. A gondola is the wrong approach for Little Cottonwood Canyon.”

Harrison also stated her support for the phased approach over the gondola. She encouraged locals to voice any concerns before the project is finalized.


Today’s Top Stories


Utah Democrats Gene Davis...
Simone Seikaly

Attorney for Sen. Gene Davis says Davis won’t resign from the Utah Senate

The Salt Lake County Democratic Party asked for Davis to resign immediately because of allegations of sexual harassment made against him.
17 hours ago
Follow @SimoneSeikaly...
Simone Seikaly

Utah County Sheriff arrests man for felony sex offenses against a child

The Utah County Sheriff's Office said that the case is being prosecuted by Juab County Attorney Ryan Peters.
17 hours ago
Unified Police Department vehicle...
Amie Schaeffer

UPD looking for suspect in morning robbery

The Unified Police Department is looking for a male suspect in a robbery at a Chevron in Kearns this morning,
17 hours ago
officer involved shooting south salt lake...
Simone Seikaly

So. Salt Lake Police identify victim in officer-involved shooting

Officers were called to 400 E. Robert Ave. over reports of a man with a gun. A 44 year-old-man has been identified as the victim.
17 hours ago
Actor Conor Leslie with her newly adopted dog, Delores at the FanX convention that was held Sept. 2...
Amie Schaeffer

DC Universe star finds fur-ever friend at SLC FanX convention

Ruff Patch Rescue is a nonprofit that helps adopt out animals that need a little extra TLC. The organization recently set up at FanX.
17 hours ago
Halfway hill fire update...
Mark Jackson

Human-caused fires on the decline

In 2022, the data behind human caused fires in the state of Utah has significantly decreased. State fire officials credit Utahns and an ad.
17 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
large group of friends tohether in a park having fun...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

What differentiates BYU’s MBA program from other MBA programs

Commitment to service is at the heart of BYU’s MBA program, which makes it stand out among other MBA programs across the country.
a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Utah lawmakers react to Little Cottonwood Canyon gondola announcement