LAYTON -- State officials have unveiled the layout for plans to connect Antelope Drive to U.S. 89.
Years in the making, the proposal connects one of the city's major east-west corridors with a four-lane state highway by the development of a new frontage road on the west side of U.S. 89. The project is expected to cost approximately $14 million, said Patrick Cowley, project manager with the Utah Department of Transportation.
Cowley showed off conceptual plans for the frontage road during a recent city council work session. He said the state already owns most of the key property needed to move ahead with the project.
The new frontage road runs north and south of Antelope Drive and addresses connection points with 2700 North, Sunset Drive, Sky View Drive to the north of Antelope and connection points at 2100 North, Oak Lane, 1975 North and Country Oaks Drive to the south of Antelope.
Antelope currently terminates at 2650 East, several hundred yards short of U.S. 89.
Besides connecting the two major roads, the frontage road is expected to improve safety access in the region, Cowley said. The total distance of the new frontage road will be just less than a mile, he said. Cowley said state officials are in the preliminary design stage for the project.
While it runs adjacent to U.S. 89, the new frontage road will be a distance of at least 35 to 40 feet to the west of the highway at its narrowest point, Cowley said.
"We think most people will be able to use the front road effectively," Cowley said of the solution. He said there will be a stoplight on the road for southbound traffic, similar to Oak Hills further south on U.S. 89.
Cowley said the project will cost millions because of the problem of getting the grades on the front road to match up.
Besides connecting the two roads, Councilman Mike Bouwhuis said, the new road takes care of small roads that go off the highway.
"These little roads here have kind of been orphan roads. This solves a lot of those problems. Some of them are hard to access and hard to see and have safety concerns," Bouwhuis said of the current situation.