Utah Street Connectivity Guide

The Utah Street Connectivity Guide was created in partnership with Mountainland, Wasatch Front Regional Council, Utah Transit Authority (UTA), and Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT).

The guide:

  • Identifies what street connectivity is. While most people have a general sense that "street connectivity" means the way our streets are connected to one another, this guide presents clear yet comprehensive definition useful to practitioners and the communities they serve. The guide identifies a set of key aspects of street networks that constitute "connectivity." These aspects can be measured both in existing street networks and in proposed street connections.
  • Makes the case for street connectivity. A high level of street connectivity creates several benefits. In addition to creating a more efficient transportation system, street connectivity can improve a wide range of community aspects reaching into safety, health, economic vitality, the environment, and quality of life. A series of community case studies undertaken as part of this project provides further demonstration of the quantified benefits of connectivity. 

  • Provides ways to improve street connectivity. With the benefits of street connectivity in mind, this guide provides ways to realize those benefits in a range of communities. The guide identifies how different types of Utah communities -- from urban to suburban to rural, and from neighborhoods to special districts -- can improve their connectivity in ways appropriate to their context and character. Finally, the project's case studies provide examples of how strategies can be implemented on the ground.

To read or download the guide, click here.