Legislators Negotiate Deal on Legacy Parkway

Legislators Negotiate Deal on Legacy Parkway

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Legislative negotiators have reached an out-of-court settlement with environmental groups allowing construction of the 14-mile Legacy Parkway to start next spring.

Key legislators told The Associated Press that a deal was reached today with six environmental groups that stopped construction three years ago.

The full Legislature still must approve some funding required by the settlement. That could come at a special session tentatively set for November 9th.

The 14-mile Legacy Parkway would run from Farmington across Great Salt Lake marshlands to the Interstate 215 beltway near Salt Lake's airport.

It would provide an alternative to traffic-clogged Interstate 15 for Davis County commuters who work in Salt Lake County.

The terms of the deal, according to state representative Stuart Adams of Layton;

  • A 55-mile-an-hour speed limit.
  • No 18-wheel trucks will be allowed on the parkway.
  • Asphalt instead of concrete pavement -- to reduce noise.
  • No billboards.
  • The state will buy another 125 acres of wetlands for protection, bringing the total to more than 22-hundred acres for a nature preserve. That will add about $10 million to the cost of Legacy.
  • The state will pay 2-point-five million dollars for an environmental study of a light-rail or rapid-bus system for southern Davis County.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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