Logan council decides to leave final road decision up
By Diana Hurren
May 1, 2006 | NORTH LOGAN -- Main
Street through Logan has become too congested with traffic
and Cache Valley is finally getting ready to take action.
A corridor has been proposed that would run parallel
to U.S. 91 in order to split up the heavy traffic making
routes safer and more efficient.
"The big thing is safety," said North Logan Councilman
Mark Williams. "Hopefully it will be a really safe corridor."
The section of road being considered to run through
North Logan is currently being called the Hyde Park/North
Logan Transportation Corridor. This section of the corridor
runs approximately three miles from 1400 North in North
Logan to 3700 North in Hyde Park. The road is scheduled
to run somewhere between U.S. 91 and 400 East but the
exact placement is still up for debate.
North Logan's master plan states that if an alternative
route were needed in the future that it would run along
200 East, but because residential neighborhoods run
along that road now there has been a lot of heated debate
over the matter. To avoid the residential neighborhood
the corridor would have to run east splitting a few
farm properties, which is also a grief-causing idea
"It's just something that needs to be done," said
Williams. "This is the best as far as all the properties
go," he said after stating that he was the only council
member to request the corridor run directly through
the residential neighborhood. "It just makes the most
sense because it was laid out in the master plan," he
The Federal Highway Administration, the Utah Department
of Transportation and Cache Metropolitan Planning Organization
have been involved with all the affected city councils
in planning and preparing the best route for the corridor.
North Logan's city council had a hard time deciding
what plan they would approve for the North Logan section
of the corridor. Three different plans were proposed,
but all appeared to have both good and bad possibilities.
In the end the council decided to send a letter listing
the pros and cons of every option to UDOT so they could
make the best decision for the city instead.
"We don't know how our residents will be affected
yet," said Williams in regard to the council's decision
to leave the decision up to state officials.
Studies are still being done on the area to determine
the benefits of adding the corridor, which will soon
be submitted to UDOT and FHWA. Once the two organizations
receive the final information they will be able to start
making permanent plans and make important decisions
North Logan city planner Cordell Batt said it will
probably be 2009 or 2010 before construction on the
corridor even begins and it could take over a year to
JUB Engineering has been conducting a study in the
valley to explore the effects the corridor could have
on the environments. Although the study is not yet completed,
citizens can expect a public hearing on the environmental
impacts study to take place sometime in June 2006.