|Great Salt Lake Legacy Parkway Scenic Byway|
|Maintained by UDOT|
|Length:||11.500 mi (18.507 km)|
|Existed:||2008 – present|
|South end:||I-215 in North Salt Lake|
|North end:||I-15 / US-89 in Farmington|
Legacy Parkway (designated as State Route 67) is a 11.5-mile (18.51 km) four-lane freeway completely within Davis County in the northern part of the U.S. state of Utah, running from Interstate 215 in North Salt Lake to Interstate 15 and US-89 in Farmington. Construction began in 2006 and was completed in 2008, with the freeway opening in September of that year. The highway was controversial in its building and was challenged in court several times before a compromise was met between the state and several environmental groups such as the Sierra Club.
The freeway begins at a partial interchange at I-215, allowing northbound motorists from the interstate to transfer onto Legacy Parkway and vice-versa. From the interchange, the highway heads northerly with two lanes in each direction through semi-rural western Davis County before turning northeasterly and north again, intersecting with 500 South at a diamond interchange, which also provides a connection to Redwood Road (SR-68). The freeway continues north before beginning a curve to the northeast in West Bountiful. Before reverting to its original northerly direction, the route intersects Parrish Lane (SR-105) at another diamond interchange. Past the intersection, the freeway parallels I-15 with Union Pacific and Utah Transit Authority (FrontRunner) railroad track in between. The highway, entering Farmington, gains one lane in each direction and terminates at a dual junction with I-15 and US-89.
After a lawsuit that halted construction of the parkway over environmental concerns, the design of the road was re-envisioned to include extensive wetland protection west of the freeway and in the freeway median, a trail system along the side of the freeway, and numerous pedestrian overpasses and underpasses for ease of access to the trail system. Many of the architectural features were also specially-designed to give the freeway a more unique feel.
Legacy Parkway is part of the larger Legacy Highway project, which has aspirations of running north from Nephi toward Brigham City, with the Parkway being only a portion in between. Although the concept of a western Davis County highway has existed since the 1960s, tentative construction of Legacy Parkway did not begin until 2004. However, it was forced to stop as a result of lawsuits over the completeness of the environmental impact statement.
On September 21, 2005, the State of Utah and the Sierra Club (acting on behalf of numerous groups opposing the overall Legacy Highway project) officially signed a compromise regarding Legacy Parkway. Some of the agreements reached include no billboards along the route, no trucks allowed on the freeway (excepting cases where they are used in response to an accident or there is construction on I-15), and a 55 mph (90 km/h) speed limit. These restrictions hold until 2020.
Construction of the Parkway resumed in March 2006 with limited construction activity followed by heavy construction on the road beginning December 2006. Three contractors were hired to build the freeway; therefore, construction was divided into three segments: Segment one from I-215 in North Salt Lake to 500 South, segment two north to Glover Lane, and segment three north to I-15/US-89. The project reached the halfway point in October 2007. The highway opened September 13, 2008 at a cost of $685 million.
The entire route is in Davis County.
|North Salt Lake||0.000||0.000||-||I-215 south||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|4||To SR 68 (500 South)|
|7||SR 105 east (Parrish Lane)|
|Farmington||11.500||18.507||11||US-89 north – South Ogden||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|11.500||18.507||12||SR 225 (Park Lane)|
|11.500||18.507||13||I-15 north – Ogden||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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- "Utah Administrative Code". State of Utah. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
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