On this final day for UDOT to receive formal public comment on the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Legacy Parkway, KSL reaffirms our view that the highway is vital to Northern Utah’s future. Nothing we’ve seen in the so-called “Citizens’ Smart Growth Alternative” put forth by Legacy’s opponents adequately satisfies the transportation demands for the busy southern Davis County corridor in the decades to come.
While additional mass transit is an essential part of a shared solution to keeping people mobile, the idea of expanding Redwood Road falls far short of what is needed.
Foremost is the pressing need for a reliable safety valve through the area. A multi-car pileup February 12 that shut down I-15 for hours dramatically illustrated the need for an alternate route through the busy corridor. The tie-up, of course, inconvenienced thousands of Utahns.
More significantly, however, it brought Interstate commerce for a time to a stand still. Let’s not forget I-15 is a major interstate commercial trucking thoroughfare. A clear alternative to the existing interstate highway is needed to assure that goods can be moved and commerce maintained.
As the comment period comes to a close, KSL is confident a thorough and thoughtful review of all that’s been written and suggested will underscore the urgency of moving forward with Legacy Parkway.