New Bureau of Land Management communications facility in area would increase public safety – St George News


File photo from the Bureau of Land Management communications site | Office of Land Management, St. George News

CEDAR TOWN – Improved public safety is the expected result of a new communications facility recently approved for construction and maintenance by the Bureau of Land Management Utah Cedar City Field Office.

According to a BLM press release, the Utah Communications Authority proposed the new structure and operation, which would expand radio coverage of West Beaver and Southwest Millard counties for Highway Patrol. of Utah, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, other local and state public safety agencies. , as well as federal law enforcement.

“Given that there is little to no radio coverage in the area, the new Utah Communications Authority site would improve safety for officers, first responders and the public in the Pine and Hamlin Valley areas,” BLM Utah Cedar City field manager Paul Briggs said. “The safety benefits this new facility will bring can be achieved, while ensuring that we continue to prioritize our multi-use mission of caring for our public lands. »

The Utah Communications Authority currently relies on its Frisco Peak communications site, which is two mountain ranges to the east and provides extremely limited coverage to those areas, according to the news release. This project would result in a new facility including upgrades to provide sufficient solar power generation and battery capacity to supply the energy required by the equipment. Once the new installation is complete, the original fingerprint will be retrieved.

The BLM project website indicates the following specificities of the project:

There is a BLM communications facility at this location, which does not provide sufficient coverage for BLM and law enforcement personnel. The proposed action would remove the existing facility and replace it with a new communications site built and operated by the Utah Communications Authority. The site would include a 12-by-27-foot concrete building, three solar panels, a 1,000-gallon propane tank and a 100-foot tower.

Due to the elevation of the project, construction is expected to begin later this year depending on weather conditions. The project should last about 30 days.

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