SALT LAKE CITY — It’s been six years since government leaders rallied together to find solutions to the dreaded gridlock that inevitably comes every ski season, especially on powder days.

And yet, six years later — despite the signing of the Mountain Accord and, later, the creation of the Central Wasatch Commission — gridlock remains.

It’s a massive, complex, multijurisdictional issue that continues to snarl the future of Utah’s Big and Little Cottonwood canyons. And it’s an issue that newly appointed Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson, as a member of the Central Wasatch Commission, says she intends to tackle, determined to find at least some short-term solutions by the 2020-21 ski season.

“We are prioritizing this at Salt Lake County,” Wilson told the Deseret News/KSL editorial boards on Monday.

She said she shares the “frustration” that years have gone by without tangible progress in the canyons, and she’s taking the “charge” to “go get this done.”

“Believe me, I’m with you,” Wilson said.

Pending a transportation study from the Utah Department of Transportation, it could be at least another 18 months before the Central Wasatch Commission puts forth a comprehensive long-term plan, Wilson said, which is why she’s got her sights on the short term.

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