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In the two weeks since the 10th Circuit Court ruling on the Legacy Parkway came down, the ultimate need for an alternative highway through southern Davis County has not diminished one bit!

Indeed, travel demand projections for coming decades mean a variety of options, including an additional highway through Davis County, will be required to meet transportation needs through the busy corridor.

Because of that need, the court’s ruling is regrettable. Still, the decision must be respected.

It is regrettable that a vital safety valve for motor vehicle traffic through the congested area has been delayed. At the same time, though, and since the court’s opinion was unanimous, KSL respects the requirement that a more thorough evaluation of alternatives be made.

It would be easy to point fingers of blame, especially since the delays have wasted millions of taxpayer dollars.

But now is not the time for the blame game.

An additional highway is needed through southern Davis County. That’s the bottom line! The fact population and travel demands along the Wasatch Front will increase more than 60 percent by 2020 is beyond dispute.

It is why KSL continues to endorse the idea of shared solutions to meet those needs. It is why we encourage expansion of mass transit and better use of the existing I-15 corridor, along with construction of the Legacy Parkway.

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