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Legacy’s Compromise

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In today’s overly strident world, compromise is often seen as weakness. Yet, for democracy to survive, compromise remains essential to the process of civilized decision making.

Compromise has brought about a way to end the long, contentious dispute over the much-needed Legacy Parkway through south Davis County.

No, KSL doesn’t agree with some elements of the agreement.

-55 miles per hour! Who actually believes the designated speed limit will be followed and widely enforced?

-Paved shoulders just three to four feet wide! Won’t that endanger motorists who need to stop, as well as law officers attempting to enforce traffic laws?

-Asphalt pavement to reduce noise! Doesn’t that require more frequent and costly repaving?

Yet, these provisions are part of the compromise and if they are needed to finally get Legacy built, so be it.

The trucking industry is up in arms over a ban on trucks, except during incidents and emergencies. Frankly, Utah’s highways could benefit from a few more restrictions on big rigs, especially when some so consistently congest passing lanes and others so blatantly exceed existing speed limits. So, truckers shouldn’t push their luck by opposing the agreement too vociferously.

In KSL’s view, Legacy Parkway is vital to northern Utah’s future. We urge lawmakers to finalize the compromise deal so traffic can get moving.

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