CLEARFIELD -- An approved property exchange is not only aiding the creation of a new corridor expected to relieve traffic congestion, but it is also giving the city a boon of facilitating future development and gaining property valued almost triple what is being given.
The construction of SR 193 spurred the need for the Utah Department of Transportation to exchange properties along the corridor with the city, according to city documents. This is to allow better management of the project.
Clearfield owns six parcels of land while the Clearfield Community Development and Renewal Agency owns two parcels. These eight parcels equal a cumulative total of 2.68 acres with an estimated value of $473,426, according to the approved resolution.
Meanwhile, UDOT owns 34 parcels located in Clearfield that total 6.61 acres and have an estimated value of $1,239,387.
Recently, the city council and the CDRA gave approval authorizing the land exchange of UDOT's 6.61 acres for Clearfield's 2.68 acres.
City Manager Adam Lenhard explained that UDOT needs the land for right of way issues and utility work associated with building the highway.
"UDOT is giving us land back to the city that will allow us to construct a number of new local roads to access the highway," Lenhard added. "We see that as a benefit."
Plus, he said, the value of the properties Clearfield is getting in the exchange significantly exceeds what is being given. He explained the higher property value is not why the city is doing the exchange.
Instead, he said there are greater benefits for the city than that. This move is expected to facilitate additional future development projects in Clearfield, though Lenhard said there are no specific projects in the works for that land at this time.
Development of the highway is expected to provide an alternate east-west corridor that relieves the congestion existing on roadways such as 300 North, 800 North and Antelope Drive.
"These roads have become more congested as there has been growth in the west," Lenhard said. "This road will relieve that congestion."
Access is not just an issue for commuters, but it has been one for development, too. With the new road, Lenhard said additional areas of the Freeport Center and properties south of Main Street will be more accessible and thus prime for development, which would ultimately benefit the city.
For all of this to be possible, though, the city and UDOT needed to do the land exchange.
"This move facilitates the development of Highway 193," Lenhard said. "This is a very important project."