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If you haven't taken a drive along Legacy Parkway through Davis County since it was opened a year ago this month, you should. It can be a very pleasant experience.

Yes, Legacy Parkway is now one year old and a vital cog in keeping motorists north of Salt Lake City mobile. It is fulfilling its role as a safety valve for I-15 and currently is making reconstruction of the Interstate through North Salt Lake much more bearable for commuters.

Legacy, though, is much more than just another road.

It is an aesthetically pleasing 14-mile stretch of highway that at 55 mph can offer a relaxing diversion from the helter-skelter pace of I-15. Adding to Legacy's uniqueness is the fact large trucks mostly are prohibited from using it. One day soon it ought to be designated a national scenic byway as some Davis County officials hope.

It is also good to see how walkers, runners and bikers are using the trail that meanders adjacent to the highway. Along the way they enjoy the sights and sounds of the 2,225 acre nature preserve that was part of the project.

Mired in controversy for many years, Legacy took a long time to build, but what Utahns got is a transportation gem that was worth the wait.

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