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Friday, May 12, 2006

THE FINAL WORD

PETERSBORO, Utah -- Gloom like a Bulwer-Lyttonesque pall hung heavily over the Cache Valley as word came that the WORD had gone.

"As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburetors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire. . . ." No, wait. . . . That's actual Bulwer-Lyttonism. Scratch it.

We conclude, with joy and trumpets and a tankard or two, the 10th season of TODAY'S WORD ON JOURNALISM. What began in 1995 as a professor's strategy to get his students to read email (guess that worked!) now has spread, birdflu-like, far beyond that unwilling audience to self-flagellating WORD volunteers on five-and-a-half continents. But the willing and unwilling alike--the halt and addled and addicted and deluded--will have to get a life and smell the roses, for a while anyway.

Today marks the end of the WORD for this academic season. Even ere the rosy dawn that didth bust o'er this glade, this vale, this happy home. . . . ooops. Avert already, Sir Bulwer, you mangy cur!!!!

See you in the fall. . . TP

Hyde Park will rebuild 700 East with or without county's proposed alternate road

By Brad Plothow

April 06, 2006| Cache County wants 45 miles per hour. Hyde park wants 25. Cache County wants an alternate route for north-south commuters in the valley; Hyde Park just wants to divert school-bound traffic off a very narrow 200 South Street.

The objectives for county officials and Hyde Park administrators are different, but they could mesh if the two entities can agree on the particulars of the proposed north-south corridor. Even if the county's plan doesn't pan out, though, Hyde Park still intends to develop 700 East Street to shoulder some of the traffic flow along 200 South Street, which is currently the route of choice for people commuting through Hyde Park to Sky View High School in Smithfield.

"We're moving forward with our portion of it," said Hyde Park mayor Dave Kooyman of the city's work on 700 East Street, which would be Hyde Park's portion of the county corridor. "It's been in our master plan for years."

Since last year, the county has been looking into the possibility of building an alternate route to U.S. Highway 91 for north-south commuters. One plan would create a corridor from south Logan through Smithfield, which could either be built by an engineering firm or done in a piecemeal fashion by each of the municipalities involved.

Hyde Park doesn't plan on waiting for all parties to agree on the corridor's speed and right of way requirements, as well as financing. As part of normal development through east Hyde Park, the city plans to upgrade 700 East, part of which was already built out when part of Lions Park was constructed.

"It's all conceptual right now, anyway," said Charles Wheeler, Hyde Park's councilman in charge of roads. "It's still all in discussion."

The county asked engineer Dan Turner for a preliminary design, but no substantial progress has been made on getting all the municipalities affected on the same page. For its part, Hyde Park is reluctant to allow the county's recommended 45 mph speed limit through a mostly residential section of 700 East, especially with the limited number of stop signs that were proposed.

"The city didn't feel like those were things we could live with," said Wheeler, who cited 25 mph as an appropriate speed.

Kooyman said he's willing to compromise, but he won't allow a speed limit higher than 35 mph.

Kooyman added that he wants 66 feet of right-of-way along the road, and limited access to it. Wheeler said the way to create limited access is to have inlet roads that flow traffic from neighborhoods to the road -- no driveway access.

Funding is also an issue for Hyde Park. Wheeler said the county could finance construction, on condition that each municipality repay its portion later. Unless that becomes the case, Hyde Park likely will continue building out 700 East a piece at a time.

"We'll have to do it a section at a time because of cost," Kooyman said.

Also of concern is the awkward intersection where 1200 East in North Logan meets up with Hyde Park's 700 East -- almost a 90-degree turn.

"There is a really awkward corner there," Wheeler sad without commenting on how to remedy the problem if the corridor was built.

Wheeler and Kooyman plan to attend a county meeting about the proposed corridor on April 10. Until then, North Logan will be the most active municipality in planning for a possible corridor. North Logan as been trying to get residents' feedback on the proposal.

If North Logan agrees to move forward with the county's plan, Hyde Park probably would follow, Kooyman said.

"North Logan is probably the key to this," the mayor said. "In order [the corridor project] could shift the cities' priorities."

Or not. Regardless of county involvement, Hyde Park will still finish its portion -- for city commuters rather than people looking to bypass Highway 91.

"If [county corridor plans] fizzle out, the end result will be the same for Hyde Park," Wheeler said

 

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