The City Council has asked the Utah Department of Transportation to re-evaluate its design for a new interchange on U.S. 89 at Cherry Hill because of the limited access for its frontage roads.
"They seem to be cooperative," City Manager Richard Marchant said.The council is most concerned because the proposed western frontage road - Lloyd Road - would not allow left-hand turns onto U.S. 89 in its current design. That means residents of some 150 homes who regularly use the road would have to go north into Kaysville before making a U-turn or take an alternate road to go south.
"The city believes this just isn't acceptable," Marchant said.
He said the current design would have a barrier against left-hand turns off Lloyd Road. Besides being inconvenient for drivers, it could be unsafe and funnel more traffic into southeast Kaysville subdivisions, he said.
Marchant said the design on the east side of the interchange has a similar problem and residents wanting to go north to Davis High - the area's high school - would only be able to turn toward Salt Lake City.
"Our city will continue to grow," Marchant said, adding that the millions of dollars budgeted for the interchange could hopefully serve the area better.
UDOT apparently has some space constraints with the proposed interchange, mainly with the close proximity of Cherry Hill resort.
However, the proposed interchange - by some opinions - wouldn't be much better than the existing traffic configuration. Currently at U.S. 89 and Cherry Hill, through traffic from Fruit Heights to Farmington can't bypass U.S. 89. And no left-hand turns are permitted onto U.S. 89, either.
Construction on the Cherry Hill interchange is scheduled to begin in the fall of 1998 and would take two years to complete. It includes a pedestrian overpass across U.S. 89.
Marchant hopes that given the proposed interchange's three-decade or more lifespan that changes can be made to better accommodate traffic for Fruit Heights, Kaysville and Farmington.