NORTH SALT LAKE — After two bills aimed at extending the Legacy Parkway truck ban failed during this year’s legislative session, proponents of the extension are hoping there’s another answer.
The Save Legacy Parkway Citizens Committee will hold a public meeting this week to discuss their next course of action after ban extension bills from Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross and Rep. Melissa Ballard, R-North Salt Lake, failed to pass out of their respective committees during the 2019 session.
The meeting will be held from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Foxboro Elementary School, 587 Foxboro Dr., North Salt Lake.
According to an email from the committee, a panel made of legislators, members of the Davis School District and officials from Woods Cross, North Salt Lake, West Bountiful, and Farmington will discuss what happened with the two failed bills and what the best options are for the citizens’ committee moving forward.
“We still believe in ‘Utah’s Legacy,’” said Angie Keeton, founder of SLPCC. “And (we) want to make sure that no matter what happens on January 1, 2020, we are prepared to protect it.”
Completed in September 2008, the parkway features slower speeds, a quiet road surface, a large truck and billboard ban, a 14-mile continuous trail with no street crossings and a protected nature preserve near the wetlands of the Great Salt Lake. Those unusual characteristics were required by a settlement agreement that was reached by the state and citizen activist groups in 2005 after a lawsuit halted construction on the parkway in 2001.
But the parkway’s 55 mph speed limit and large truck ban could all be a thing of the past, beginning next year.
The Utah Legislature previously implemented a statute in which the truck prohibition will automatically expire on Jan. 1, 2020. And though no such clause exists for the speed limit, the Utah Department of Transportation could remove those restrictions as well and has previously indicated it its intent to do so.
SLPCC members say they plan to continue to fight the ban, despite the failed legislative action.
“Legacy Parkway ... has set a new precedent for how people want to live,” Keeton said. “It’s a great success that should not be thrown away.”