Home Depot to risk 691 employee lives in Ogden?

Ok, enough is enough.

I work at Business Depot Ogden. Ever try to go home from BDO? If you live in western Weber County, you’re good, but one or two of us live in Ogden and, let me tell you, you risk your life.

Turn left off of Depot Drive onto 12th Street? You’re crossing two of the busiest lanes on the planet at 5  p.m.  Second Street is the better alternative but, guess what? Someone decided to block it off this week to dig up a sewer pipe, or something. Yes, they did this the week after someone else completely repaved the street. What did you expect.

And anyway, 2nd Street is only two lanes. It’s going to get very busy, that light on Wall is going to back up as employment out here grows. A second outlet on 12th Street is needed.

So: Main complaint, BDO has been out here for 10 years or better and has still, despite efforts, been unable to get a traffic light on 12th Street so that employees at the depot could get home without being killed.

Now that Home Depot is bringing a new call center to BDO (click) that’s 691 more employees who will be risking their lives. Either that or clogging 2nd Street which will no doubt prompt more sewer work.

Unless they all want to turn right on 12th of course. Does UDOT’s management own stock in housing development companies on the west side of the county.

I cannot figure out why Ogden is not demanding a light there. Seriously, this situation endangers Ogden residents, and if Ogden hopes to attract people to live in Ogden when they work at BDO then it would help if they could get home alive. Dead people rarely shop in Ogden stores.

Or would Ogden rather those people live out west, and pay their taxes to western cities, and shop in western cities.

No.

Need I mention: When the Deseret Industries AND the state of Utah opened, respectively, a thrift store and a liquor store on Wall Avenue not too long ago, a traffic light sprang up at that intersection like magic.

Undue influence? I am sure there was none.

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10 Responses to Home Depot to risk 691 employee lives in Ogden?

  1. hawg says:

    don’t worry. I’m sure a quick run through Ogden will convince any new employees to search eslewhere for a home. so turning west will be the best option

  2. Ed Brady says:

    Didn’t you know one little fact, Charles? UDOT will only put up a light after there have been a minimum number of fatalities. I read that several years ago in the SE.

  3. they really need to improve that road, my husband works in the depot. as for the commenter, ogden is amazing and if you cant see that try growing up in baltimore they you wont be so ungrateful to live in a beautiful, local supporting town

  4. Owain says:

    If it’s that dangerous, I suggest you turn right on 12th and go down until you can make a left at an intersection, preferably with a traffic light, and then come back onto 12th in the direction you want. A pain, to be sure, but it’s better than getting hammered trying to turn left because there’s no light there.

  5. Bob Becker says:

    “Need I mention: When the Deseret Industries AND the state of Utah opened, respectively, a thrift store and a liquor store on Wall Avenue not too long ago, a traffic light sprang up at that intersection like magic.”

    Nice point, Mr. T.

    Perhaps the traffic safety problem at BDO is something the SE and other employers at BDO ought to bring before the City Council. When businesses make requests in Ogden City, things seem to happen in whys that they don’t when the requests come from “mere” residents or people working here.

  6. Jayson says:

    Stratedgy: New DI & Liquor Store w/ semaphore North from BDO in support of rotating door (death attrition) Organic Resource’s growing demand for services i.e. lost family wage earner. DOA on 12th street. Generating “New Jobs” Statistic Brilliant Politically stated Boost to Growth Northern Utah Style. I’m Just Saying! Macabre, Happy Halloween.

    Mmmmwah ha hah ha hah.

  7. Pete says:

    So…. ummm…. exactly how many people have been killed at that junction?

    Oh! Zero! …so it’s not actually classed as a dangerous junction.

    But… 691 extra people are in danger! ooooooh!…… Only if *all* of them need to turn at that particular junction. “one or two of us live in Ogden and, let me tell you, you risk your life.”; that’s not 691. That’s not even a dozen.

    But there’s more. “Home Depot to risk 691 employee lives in Ogden”. So the company dictates how these people should travel to and from work, and which route they should take? I think not; I’m no fan of Home Depot, but in this case they’re blameless.

  8. AJ says:

    You should get your information straight, someone didnt just decide to dig up 2nd street there was a huge water main break which caused major road damage. So instead if it wasnt dug up you would be driving thru a flood so much more dangerous if that were the case

  9. Mark Shenefelt says:

    Believe I heard recently that a light at 12th and Depot Drive is being pursued and might already be on some planning boards. Sorry, can’t remember the details.

    As for Second Street, it’s not so horrible to cut right or left through the neighborhoods for a short-term shutdown of 2nd. I’ve been doing that rather than taking the 12th Street crash lottery.

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