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UDOT head John Njord is absolutely correct when he says the need for the Legacy Parkway has only grown since a court injunction halted the controversial project through southern Davis County three years ago. Indeed, the sooner Legacy is built and functioning the better.
It is why KSL is encouraged by UDOT’s response to the court’s concerns, as contained in a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement released December 3. The modified plan calls for the highway to be slightly narrower and allows for greater integration with mass transit, but overall, the new EIS validates most of the original findings.
Now comes a 60-day period of public comment on the 900 page document. We encourage the public to weigh in. Especially, let those who oppose the project have their say. However, we hope their opposition will focus more on the actual merits of the SEIS, and less toward trying to summarily stop Legacy through legal technicalities.
If the $6 million study is as thorough as UDOT officials claim, it will withstand honest and genuine scrutiny. For the good of Utah’s future, let’s get through this arduous process and construct the Legacy Parkway. As part of a shared solution that includes Commuter Rail and I-15 expansion, it will help resolve one of the region’s most perplexing transportation problems.