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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Mountain View Corridor

The proposed Mountain View corridor has been in the news a lot lately. This new highway will contain up to eight lanes that run North and South along the East side of the Oquirrh Mountains. For those who would like to drive North from Daybreak in the future, this highway will definitely beat taking bangerter. However, the Mountain View Corridor will bring with it all of the things that we hate about I-15. Pollution, noise, and dust come to mind immediately. It will bring these unwanted side effects directly in to Daybreak as the corridor passes directly through the town center. There is always a price to having such a convenience nearby. In short, the region and county needs this transportation corridor and running it near Daybreak makes sense. With the growth that is expected in the next 30 years the region would suffocate in traffic unless this highway is built. The good news is that the pollution aspect of vehicles will have greatly diminished by then. As you have seen in the news cars have become more efficient and suitable alternatives are being speedily researched in the midst of escalating oil prices. In fact the government predicts that the more stringent federal regulation of emissions will drive vehicle emissions down even though the number of vehicles on the road will have increased and estimated three fold.

So why so close to Daybreak? If you look at the map of the proposed route, they could build the road around Daybreak, but why would they run it through a future subdivision of Kennecott? It would have the same effect and it would cost more. Looking at the West Bench plan Kennecott has compensated for this by having the corridor pass through the more urban section of Daybreak - the town center. So the highway wont necessarily be in your backyard.

What about the noise and the dust? The solution to those problems will essentially be the same barriers that you see along the existing freeways. If Kennecott is smart, and I think they are, they will plant lots of trees and other such vegetation to act as natural noise absorption barriers with the added benefit that they filter the air. Local governments and UTA have been working together to bring Trax and other mass transit options to the west side as well. Considering that Kennecott made a massive contribution to the environmental impact study that was conducted for the jordan light rail line, I feel that they have also promoted mass transit in Daybreak as well as the West bench. Kennecott seems likely to continue this encouragement in the future as they tend to follow new urbanism principles.

Another feature of this new highway that raised my eyebrows was the consideration of a toll for use of the road. This would essentially make those who use the road pay for its maintenance and construction. Not a bad idea, but why should residents of the west side have to pay a toll for their North-South mobility while the rest of the county does not? I will address this and other issues in later posts.


Anonymous said...

Your writing style and consistent stance on controversial issues make it clear that you are heavily invested in a positive future for Daybreak and Kennecott Land. Don't get me wrong, I love Daybreak, but seriously, even your punctuation and capitalization give away your love (or paid dedication) of all things Kennecott. You capitalize all Kennecott-related terms, such as West Bench, Mountain View, Daybreak, etc., while you don't capitalize much else (target, borders, walmart, south jordan, etc.).

Obviously you have no obligation to full disclosure in your "journalism" but if you're going to pretend you're not working for them at least try to be consistent about your writing so that it isn't obvious.

Daybreak Man said...


Thank you for pointing out the flaws in my grammar and punctuation. I am in the habit of capitalizing all things Daybreak it is true. I'm glad that you love Daybreak. As far as "journalism" this is not the Salt Lake Tribune. This is my blog and thus my opinion. My main focus on this blog is New Urbanism. Kennecott is the only developer that has been able to pull it off in Utah so far on such a large scale. I would also like to know what "controversial issues" you are referring to. As for full disclosure - if you have information that you would like to see put on this blog (that I can verify), then by all means let me know. I will do a post to specifically address those "controversial issues."