In just under a decade, the population of Eagle Mountain grew by 75% – or more than 16,000 people.

It continues to grow every year. By 2060, Eagle Mountain is projected to expand to a population of over 150,000.

To keep up with the growth, Eagle Mountain City has developed a Transportation Master Plan. This plan will help implement an efficient and seamless roadway system throughout the city as it continues to expand.

The Transportation Master Plan provides insights and analysis for the next 10 years. Up until 2050, the plan will help determine which projects should be prioritized to most efficiently grow the community’s roadway network.

Chris Trusty, city engineer, explained how the Transportation Master Plan will help resolve traffic congestion issues.

“We work with a consultant so we can identify where best to locate roads and what sort of classification to help keep traffic flowing,” said Trusty. “Based on densities that we have throughout the city, we try to identify how big the roads need to be to get people where they need to go.”

The Transportation Master Plan analyzes city roadways and assigns each road a grade for traffic flow. In their current state, most city roadways operate at an acceptable level. Based on projected population growth, 14 of the city’s major roads will be at an unacceptable level by 2050 if no action is taken to expand their capacity.

“It’s a safety issue as well as a practical one,” said Mayor Tom Westmoreland. “We need to keep traffic flowing where it needs to go and do it in a safe, timely manner.”

While the Transportation Master Plan is a long-term comprehensive plan, City engineers are developing detailed plans for near-term projects as well.

“We take that [Transportation Master Plan] and we look at a six-year window and what projects need to be done within those six years,” said Trusty.

Trusty would like to assure Eagle Mountain residents that the Engineering department is aware of the growth the community is experiencing. That the Transportation Master Plan will help the city keep up with that growth.

“It is at the heart of life,” said Westmoreland. “Everything relies on transportation, whether you’re going to work or the store, or promoting a business.”

“And,” the Mayor added, “no one likes being stuck in traffic.”

At a public hearing on the Transportation Master Plan on Tuesday, Sept. 20, City Council voted to table the Transportation Master plan for a later date.

Read more for a more comprehensive overview of the Eagle Mountain Transportation Master Plan. 

A project designed to increase infrastructure and improve access for residents and businesses is anticipated to begin in the next year or so.

Earlier this year, Eagle Mountain City pursued, and received funding for, the extension of Old Airport Road to SR-73. The project, once completed, is designed to act as another east-west arterial road and will alleviate traffic volumes on existing roadways.

Bryce McRae, engineer in training with Eagle Mountain City, says the project has been in the works since before his time in his current position.

“Like with any project, there’s a lot of coordination that needs to be done … so it has been in the works for a while,” says McRae.

Currently, Old Airport Road runs perpendicular from Pony Express Pkwy into the Overland subdivision and development, ending its service well before connection with SR-73.  

McRae says plans have been developed for a specific route that will complete the roadway.

“Eventually Airport Road, as it’s designed, is going to punch from where it is currently, wrap around, continue north, and will ultimately tie into SR-73 up at the north” McRae says.

The expansion is anticipated to save motorists several minutes of driving time and will allow easier access in and out of Eagle Mountain.

“It’s going to allow for more east-west access and help with the north-south access in town as well,” says McRae.

Residents can expect to shorten their drive time to northern Utah and Salt Lake counties by several minutes by avoiding Pony Express Pkwy once the extension has been completed.

As Eagle Mountain’s population grows, the extension of Old Airport Rd is designed to accommodate an influx of residents and business activity.

McRae says that the extension is part of the City’s larger Transportation Master Plan  

“It has been part of the design,” says McRae.

In addition to providing easier access to City Center, the Old Airport Rd. extension will also allow for greater residential and economic development in the area.

While the project is an exciting development for Eagle Mountain, McRae says that this is a future project, and a specific date has not been set for construction to begin.

The City’s Engineering Department, however, is hopeful to move forward with the extension plans in 2023.

Photo of the Glass Recycling drop-off dumpster in Cory Wride Park.

In late July, in coordination with Momentum Recycling, Eagle Mountain City unveiled a new glass recycling drop-off center in Cory Wride Park.

If you’ve recently driven past the park, you may have noticed the new dumpster ­– it’s rather hard to miss. It’s painted with vibrant hues of blue, orange, and yellow, with silhouettes depicting various outdoor activities home to Eagle Mountain, courtesy of local artist Bill Louis (@biltslouisart).

Evan Berrett, Management Analyst for Eagle Mountain City, spoke about how the location of the glass recycling dumpster was carefully selected.

“We wanted it to be highly visible, so we wanted it to be somewhere where people would not forget about the fact that we have recycling…a constant reminder to them to recycle their glass.”

In addition to serving as a reminder to Eagle Mountain residents to recycle, the dumpster also provides beautiful art for the public to enjoy.

“Because it has a mural on it, it’s a public art piece now,” said Berrett. “We wanted to make sure that got plenty of visibility, not just for the sake of the artist, but so that we could have something to beautify or bring something unique to the city. We don’t want to hide that away.”

The mural on the dumpster also represents what we protect when we recycle: wildlife, landscape, and outdoor recreation.

The recycling drop-off was made possible in coordination with Momentum Recycling, the only major glass recycling center in Utah.

The dumpster at Cory Wride Memorial Park is the latest of over 50 drop-off centers located all along the Wasatch Front provided by Momentum Recycling. Berrett, who was instrumental in bringing the drop-off center to the city, has visited the recycling center in Salt Lake City.

“A question a lot of people have right now, as far as recycling in general goes, is ‘is my recycling actually being recycled, or is it just going to a landfill?’”

Though he can’t speak to the story of cardboard, plastic, or other types of recycling facilities, Berrett says, “The glass recycling is one thing that we can for certain say that, yes, it is being recycled. And not only is it being recycled, but it’s being recycled into materials that we need here in Utah.”

Glass that is processed by Momentum Recycling is recycled into materials for sand-blasting or into fiberglass insulation for homes. “With how many homes are being built in Utah, there’s definitely a huge demand for that,” says Berrett.

In order to recycle responsibly, it’s important to be aware of what materials can and cannot be recycled through the drop-off center. The following materials cannot be recycled at Momentum Recycling and should not be placed in the dumpster:

  • Automotive Glass (i.e. windshields)
  • Ceramics (i.e. plates & dishes)
  • Light Bulbs
  • Mirrors
  • Porcelain (i.e. plates & dishes)
  • Pyrex
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic (including plastic trash bags)

Berrett considers the drop-off center a big win for Eagle Mountain City and encourages all Eagle Mountain residents to use the drop-off center as frequently as possible.

Recycling glass is the easiest and most rewarding form of recycling, and provides each of us an opportunity to protect our planet and the natural resources we enjoy in Eagle Mountain.

For a comprehensive list of where to recycle items Momentum Recycling does not accept, visit the Momentum Recycling Website.

Eagle Mountain City is encouraging residents to stay mindful of traffic safety during the remainder of the summer months.

According to data, the period between Memorial Day and Labor day account for the 100 deadliest days on Utah roads. Year-to-date data indicate that 169 fatalities have occurred on Utah roads as of July 18.

Trends in traffic safety also indicate that impaired driving is increasing in the Beehive State and, according to the Utah Highway Patrol, nearly 3,500 citations have been issued for motorists traveling over 100 mph.

Eagle Mountain City works with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office Eagle Mountain division to provide traffic enforcement within city limits.

Keeping Eagle Mountain’s roads safe require motorists to take several steps. First, the City is asking residents to be considerate of speed limits, other motorists and where they are parking in designated lots or on City or neighborhood streets.

Further, the City is encouraging awareness of others on the road, including the possibility of ATVs and UTVs on City streets. Finally, residents are encouraged to report traffic safety issues to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office Eagle Mountain division and utilize the assistance of the City’s Neighborhood Improvement department for any parking-related issues.

Keeping Eagle Mountain’s roads safe is a top priority for the City. Motorists can help improve safety for themselves, their families and their neighbors by following these simple steps.

Eagle Mountain City has added new features and additional information for the events it hosts throughout the year to its website.

The newly revised events page allows residents to retrieve better information for major events such as Pony Express Days, Christmas Village, or the Turkey Trot. It also increases convenience by allowing residents to add events to their calendar and obtain directions to the event.

Vendors are also encouraged to watch this page for relevant sign-up information and use the page as a reference for planning services throughout the year.

Residents can take advantage of any of these free community events throughout the year.  

Eagle Mountain City announced its plans to hire a Wildlife Biologist and Environmental Planner in March.

The City, in cooperation with local wildlife advocates, is placing greater emphasis on the conservation of open spaces and the protection of wildlife. This new position is unique in the state of Utah and is designed to help facilitate dialogue with concerned community members while guiding the City in its development and decision-making process.

Todd Black, who was recently announced as the City’s hire for the position, brings many years of experience in wildlife research. Black has worked in outreach and education through Utah State University and has previously worked alongside private landowners and large corporations.

“As far as I know, this is the first time ever I’ve heard of a municipality hiring a wildlife biologist,” said Black.

Many residents have expressed an interest in the protection of wildlife in Eagle Mountain. As a result, the City will utilize this new position to advise around code enforcement, planning and development, and potential City Code amendments in future years.

Already, Eagle Mountain has made strides in the areas of conservation and development. The City was the first in the state of Utah to create a Wildlife Corridor Overlay Zone. This type of zoning allows for the protection of elk, pronghorn and mule deer migration patters through the Cedar Valley and acts in cooperation with private landowners to better consider the needs of these species.

“I think having somebody like myself in this position will help look at it from a new set of eyes,” said Black.

Eagle Mountain City continues to consider the possibility of an advisory group of residents to help advise the City in conservation matters. Please be sure to check out our Wildlife and Conservation web page to learn more about conservation in Eagle Mountain.

Windy conditions may have landed tumbleweeds on your property.  Disposing of them can be quite an undertaking. Here are a few reminders:

Residents have several options for removal, including:

-Flattening the tumbleweeds and disposing of them at a local landfill (the City provides two free dump passes per year available at Eagle Mountain City Hall)

-Burning the tumbleweeds in a burn barrel while staying mindful of potential dangers, including: structures, wind, and flammable materials. Residents should also avoid burning trash in burn barrels.

-Contacting the City in extreme and overwhelming cases to potentially provide resources, such as a dumpster, for removal through the Resident Portal (determinations made on a case-by-case basis by the Streets department). https://eaglemountaincity.com/portal/

If you notice tumbleweeds obstructing the roadway, please contact Eagle Mountain City. Our Streets department is happy to respond to road hazards.

Many public areas around Eagle Mountain are a great place to ride Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs). These areas are part of what make Eagle Mountain a fun and unique place to live.

Staying safe with your OHV is not only important for keeping the community attractive, but it’s also important for the safety of the individuals riding.

The state of Utah and Eagle Mountain City have laws that govern the use of OHVs. Residents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with these codes by visiting Eagle Mountain City’s Trails web page here.

Parents are also being encouraged to talk to their kids about the possible dangers of OHV use.

When parents take time to tell their children that their safety is cared about and teenaged riders are comfortable respecting the safety of themselves and those in the community, we can keep making Eagle Mountain an amazing place to experience the outdoors.

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Eagle Mountain City has made a substantial commitment to invest in resident information and engagement. Among these services are the Resident Portal, Rumor Stop, What’s Happening and the Eagle Mountain City mobile app.

Residents are encouraged to engage with the City, ask questions, get issues resolved, and do so in a fast, easy, and convenient manner.

These services are designed to accommodate separate information needs within the community.

Resident Portal – Residents can report code violations, pay utilities, access the events calendar and find homeowner resources.

Rumor Stop – Residents can request an answer to their most persistent community questions. The City makes every attempt to answer these questions in an honest and timely manner with up-to-date information.

What’s Happening – Residents can track new residential, business, and road construction projects in Eagle Mountain. Project names and locations, regular updates, links to contact information for various projects, and more.

Eagle Mountain City App – Puts resident’s most frequently accessed services on their mobile devices.

Eagle Mountain continues to make strides to keep residents better informed. Residents can also follow City information on social media via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Eagle Mountain City prides itself in its considering conservation and the preservation of wildlife in the City.

Given Eagle Mountain’s relatively high growth in recent years – adding more than 1,500 residential housing permits and thousands of new residents every year, the City wanted to make good on its promise to keep an open feel in Eagle Mountain while better considering the needs of the wildlife that call the Cedar Valley home.

The City’s Planning Department, when considering new business and residential development, regularly includes signoffs from the state and federal government when consider the impact new development has on streams, washes, and protected animal species.

To improve communication and increase accountability, Eagle Mountain City is now hiring for a Wildlife Biologist and Environmental Planner as part of its efforts to more heavily consider conservation.

The individual hired for this position will advise the City and discuss matters of concern with community stakeholders when new development plans to locate in Eagle Mountain.

This new, innovative approach sets Eagle Mountain apart when considering how the City of the future should plan for growth and expansion.

Not only will this position keep an open and rural feel in Eagle Mountain, the position will also alleviate constraints placed on developers as the potential for uncertainty and changing project timelines is alleviated.

Residents can learn more about Eagle Mountain City’s efforts to include conservation by following its social media pages.