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Monday, November 3, 2008

East / West Mobility - The 114th South Corridor

If you live in in the Southwestern portion of Salt Lake County (South Jordan, Herriman, Riverton) and commute, then you probably already know how difficult it can be to drive eastward toward I-15 in the mornings and back again after work. This East - West mobility issue has been a problem for decades. While different roads have been widened to help alleviate traffic, it has always been too little to late.

For Daybreak residents, this new corridor will provide a straight line connecting the community to the largest transportation artery in Utah. This aspect of the plan definitely gets a thumbs up from me. However, to accomplish this, we will be displacing long-time residents of South Jordan. That is the price of progress, but I consider it a costly one. While many may argue that building another road is not the answer, I would have to disagree. This simply provides another option and relieves the congestion on 106th and 123rd. This road will accomodate the current population with TRAX and the Mountain View Corridor addressing future population growth.

Construction could begin as early as late November 2008 with a completion date of fall 2010. Construction will widen the road from four lanes to five, add bike lanes and sidewalks as well as a bridge over Union Pacific and Utah Transit Authority tracks near the Jordan River. The road will connect to I-15 using the usual interchange seen on 106th and 123rd.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great post.
One element of the Daybreak plan that is also important to consider here is the fact that bringing mixed use to the community in the next few years in the form of job centers, retail shops, restaurants etc. will decrease the amount of time people will need to spend commuting to other parts of town. In the longer term, the job centers that will bring office and industrial to the area will provide employment opportunities that are closer to many residents. Again, reducing commute times. Many "bedroom communities" in other places that have not thought this through are not sustainable in their growth patterns where they are primarily residential in nature.