The city is proposing a street swap involving 200 South to ease traffic congestion around the Freeport Center.
City Manager Jack Bippes is proposing the swap to the Utah Department of Transpotation later this month. Clearfield would trade 200 South for 300 North, a state road."They appear to be interested," said Bippes, who believes UDOT has never done a similar trade in any other city.
The city would like an overpass at 200 South, where it crosses the railroad tracks, but costs and environmental impact statements have hindered those efforts.
UDOT's master plan for 300 North calls for eventually widening the road, a main east-west corridor, to four lanes. But the $8 million widening project would involve purchasing many existing homes. To avoid that, Bippes is proposing the swap. By trading 200 South for 300 North, UDOT could put all its money into 200 South improvements, and numerous homes would not have to be purchased.
The city will meet with UDOT officials Oct. 30 at the two streets to discuss the possible trade. Besides 200 South being a far less costly east-west corridor for the area, it would also benefit traffic to the Freeport Center.