LAYTON -- A group of residents is calling on city leaders to enact measures to improve safety in two subdivisions on the city's east side as well as continue lobbying efforts at the state level to connect Antelope Drive to Highway 89.
Judy Hurst recently presented petitions to city leaders. The petitions included more than 150 signatures and asked city officials to address problems in the Country Oaks Drive and Oak Lane subdivisions. She claims the petition represents 90 percent of the residents living in that area.
Hurst and three other residents used the citizen comment portion of a city council meeting to echo concerns about safety, speed limit signs, the lack of sidewalks and potential traffic hazards in those two neighborhoods.
Because Antelope Drive does not presently connect to Highway 89, Hurst said Oak Lane has become a primary feeder street to the highway, which has increased safety concerns with the influx of new families with young children in the area.
Chall McRoberts said the 1-mile street from Highway 89 to Kays Creek is also in poor repair. He said there are currently 330 potholes on that stretch of road, with an additional 126 pothole repairs, which he said won't last. He stressed that it would be key to have pressure taken off the road by linking Antelope Drive to Highway 89 directly.
The concerns aren't limited to Oak Lane.
Tiffany Sanchez said Country Oaks Drive has become a perilous street as well, with only one stop sign, people routinely driving 15 to 20 miles per hour faster than the 25 mph limit and a number of blind corners on the street.
Robyn Spratlan said there is also a shortage of street lighting on Country Oaks Drive.
"It's getting to be kind of scary with as much traffic as we have," Spratlan said.
She also asked city leaders to look at the entrance to the road from Highway 89 and consider relocating a stop sign in that location.
Councilman Michael Bouwhuis detailed local and county efforts to address the Antelope Drive extension to Highway 89.
State road projects are prioritized through the Wasatch Front Regional Council.