petition Hyde Park to fix highway's dangerous drainage
By Natalie Cook
October 13, 2006 | HYDE PARK -- Large puddles played
a significant role in a motor vehicle accident last
week that critically injured a Richmond resident. Concerned
residents of the nearby subdivision petitioned the Hyde
Park City Council to solve the drainage problem.
The victim of last Thursday's accident, 17, lost control
of the vehicle while driving though a puddle which covered
the road and was thrown through the windshield, witnesses
told North Park's police chief. Her name and current
condition have not been released.
Increased traffic flow, over-full retension ponds
and insufficient street drainage are factors that make
Utah Highway 237 a dangerous entrance to the Meadows
Park subdivision. Expansive puddles form when it rains
because the road recieves runoff from a larger surrounding
area, forcing water to the drains above their intended
Stacy Hanley represented several concerned residents
of Meadows Park Wednesday night in an attempt to have
the situation rectified.
"The puddles ice over in the winter and no matter
how slow you approach the stop, you just have to hope
you don't go slidding." Hanley said.
In response, Mayor Kooyman said he recognizes that
fixing the problem is critical and has promised he will
look into finding a solution. Because Highway 237 is
a state highway, Kooyman must consult both city and
state engineers to decide how to best solve the problem.
Kooyman also plans on establishing a safety committee
to deal with such issues.