ROY — Traveling 5600 South in Roy can require patience.
The east-west arterial that connects Interstate 15 and Hill Air Force Base on the east with southern Roy and growing areas further west in the Hooper area can get packed, says Bob Dandoy, Roy’s mayor. Some mornings, he says, it can take a seeming eternity to travel from 3500 West to 1900 West, just 2 miles.
“That’s a parking lot,” Dandoy said, further noting the corridor’s import as a connector to the businesses along Riverdale Road in adjacent Riverdale.
Relief for motorists, though, could be in the offing, though it won’t be immediate.
The Utah Department of Transportation has launched a formal assessment of the roadway with an eye to upgrading it and held an open house last week to gather feedback from the public. It’s still relatively early on, said UDOT spokesman Vic Saunders, and the upgrade is still unfunded. UDOT officials are in the process of gathering more public input, defining project objectives and coming up with specific possible fixes.
But the preliminary vision, broadly, calls for widening the roadway to two travel lanes each way with a center turn lane between 3500 West and I-15, Saunders said. Other possible elements include reconfiguring the I-15 interchange at 5600 South and bridging the north-south D&RG trail over the roadway where they meet.
Dandoy said the Aug. 22 open house drew 50 to 80 people, open to the notion of an upgrade, cognizant of congestion issues on 5600 South, particularly during the morning and afternoon rush hours. Still, there are concerns, particularly for those who live along the roadway, which bisects a largely residential area. How much property will UDOT have to acquire to make way for any upgrade? How will home values be impacted? Will 5600 South become a high-speed corridor?
“There’s no question that that’s going to be a concern,” Dandoy said.
The formal study area extends along 5600 South from 3750 West on the west to I-15 on the east and also includes I-15 to Riverdale Road. Among particular considerations, according to UDOT, are narrow shoulders in sections of the segment, three school crossings and long lines of motorists at times waiting to get on and off of I-15.