Plans to construct 1400 West in early stages

Planning is under way to create a multiple-lane road on 1400 West.The plan is in its early stages and construction will not begin any sooner than 10 to 20 years, said Mark Nielsen, Logan City Public Works director. The road will connect Highway 89/91 on the south and run up to SR 218 in Smithfield and most likely consist of five lanes. The ultimate goal is to ease traffic flow on Main Street, he said. Funding would come partially from federal money and partially through state money. Part of the reason why the project is so far in the future is because funds for these projects are now scarce. Nielsen also said the road will be “very expensive,” due to having to work with wetlands and preexisting roads.The road would not run straight from north to south. Plans for 1400 West would play connect the dots between some of the existing portions of road, but the airport will cause the road’s biggest and inevitable detour. At the Woodruff Neighborhood District meeting in October, residents voiced their concern that this road would come close to their backyards. Part of the problem is that until building of the road actually starts, most people don’t even know it will exist, Neilsen said. Right now, these homeowners just see their backyard, their neighbor’s backyard, and a stretch of “no man’s land” for 100 feet, he said. Residents don’t realize that this bare land could eventually become a five-lane road. The planning is still too early in its infancy to start collecting public input, Neilsen said. The best place for concerned residents to give their opinion is at the Cache Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (CMPO) long range plan update every five years. During these meetings, time is given for a public hearing. A rough map of where the CMPO plans to place the road can be found in their long term plan, located on their website, www.cachempo.org.- rachel@cvdaily.com

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