For some of you who read this, you know where we live. You know that there is about a 350 foot strip of land on the other side of the the road we live on that is open space. Part of this strip contains a walking trail that is part of the park system here in Syracuse, a wonderful amenity we have direct access to across the street.
Some of you may not know, however, that since 2001, UDOT (Utah Department of Transportation) has been planning on a regional highway that runs from I-15 in Farmington (near Lagoon), out west towards Syracuse, and then North towards Roy and Plain city before it comes back to I-15 on the north side of Ogden. This would be a four lane divided highway, which, at least originally, was to be a limited access hwy (and I think it still is - just not sure if it's intersections are signalled or overpassed).
As part of that plan, Syracuse adopted a corridor strategy that would protect the expected route from further development. A smart idea at the time.
That corridor is what is in front of our home. We moved here in 2005 and we thought the open space in front of the home was great, when we should have questioned why there was such a large space between our home and the others a football field length across. We didn't, but we were hoping for the best.
This highway wasn't supposed to happen till sometime between 2020 and 2030. But since that original plan, the city and area has grown rapidly, causing many projects to be moved up from their original plan. UDOT is currently doing a EIS study, trying to now find out where to best put the road. They had narrowed the options last November down to 14 options, one of which was still to come in front of our home.
Just today I found out that those 14 have been narrowed down to 3 and to my great astonishment, none of the choices comes in front of our home.
This is great news on many fronts. 1 - Home value won't diminish. 2 - Less traffic on our street. 3 - Still a close access to get on the highway (which will save 5-10 minutes in commute to Salt Lake City and beyond).
For those that may be interested, click here, to go the UDOT website for more information.
View from the front porch looking northwest. You can see the trail snaking back away from us here. The housing subdivision you see ends just behind the tree on the right. A huge park is planned right there. They have about a quarter of the park in right now and as time and money allow, they will add 8-10 soccer fields (at last park review, anyways). The trail goes on for another few miles, passing another park a mile down the trail this way.
View from the front porch looking southwest. You can kind of make out the trail on the other side of the road. About 3/4 of a mile down this way is a small park and a half mile past that is a planned huge regional park which will contain 8 Ball fields, some soccer fields and currently has a small lake that was finished a few years ago. Though looking at the plans of the highway some of the future ball fields may be affected with the alignment.
View from the front porch looking west. Antelope Island, in the middle of the Great Salt Lake, stands as our view from our front window.